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The fond memories I have of American Samoa led me to this new book, "Pago Pago Tango" by John Enright. [Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa is pronounced "Pango Pango"]. Enright is a mainland American who lived in Samoa and taught at the American Samoa Community College (which I visited) for many years before returning to the United States.
It was a pleasure to visit American Samoa again in this book with Enright as a guide. I recognized the places he describes --the government buildings, the American Samoa National Park with its rickety cable car which somehow I found the nerve to ride, the hotel, the cannery, the airport, the LBJ Hospital, the local jail and its culture, the small local shops and restaurants, and more. It was recollection for me while it will be a new world for most American readers.
Enright has written a complex involved mystery centring upon a Samoan detective, Apelu Soifua. Pelu, as he is called, spent much of his childhood in San Francisco followed by seven years as a detective on its police force before returning to his native island. Pelu's life and detective work shows the tension between mainland and Samoan culture, a tension mirrored in American Samoa itself.Read more ›
The mystery itself is quite simple - I figured it out well before the final pages. But, the insights into Samoan culture and the likable characters kept me interested and engaged in the story until the end. Pago Pago Tango introduces us to Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua, but to me, he remains a bit of a mystery, even at the end of the book. This is not a bad thing; I'm looking forward to seeing his character develop through future books.
If you like your mysteries filled with non-stop action, gunfights, and wild chases, this book is not for you. But, if you want to try a low-key story with interesting characters and an exotic locale, I recommend Pago Pago Tango.
The story involves a family of American expats (father Gordon Trurich is an executive at the tuna-canning factory; Debbie, his young adult daughter, who is fitting in fairly well; and his second wife, Karen, who hates living in Samoa and uses various substances to ease the burden). The wife reports a burglary at their house in which a collection of videos was stolen. Apelo, a Samoan who spent most of his life in California, including a number of years in the San Francisco Police Department, is sent to investigate. Gordon does not seem all that concerned and is even evasive. Apelo has enough time on his hands to follow up on his suspicions that there's something unusual about this burglary. In the meantime, Apelo is tangentially involved in a couple of murder investigations and wonders if there's a connection between this burglary and these crimes. The pace picks up considerably in the final chapters, with a confrontation and a night-time chase.
For me, the best part of the book was reading about Samoa and life in American Samoa. As noted, the mystery unfolds fairly slowly, with plenty of descriptions of people, settings, and the culture.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I ws planning on reading. Finished it but it was a strugglrPublished 14 days ago by Nancy Reed
It was okay. Predictable, but an interesting insight to island life.Published 4 months ago by Vernon Courtney
Pago Pago Tango is an entertaining story which evolves around a detective who gives you the idea of being naïve but it turns out his methods are very productive. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bert
A little slow, just liked the thought of where it all took placePublished 8 months ago by Sam Camuglia
I'm trying to get some of the books I haven't enjoyed reviewed so I won't have to have them pop up and make me feel guilty for not having reviewed them. This is one of those.Published 8 months ago by Jody B
Very entertaining. Flavor of the islands is spot on. Enjoyed the characters.Published 9 months ago by Marieanne Willis
Couldn't get in to this story. The author uses too many words to describe simple things.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Do we have, in Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua, the Samoan Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov? I am such a big fan of Stuart M. Read morePublished 10 months ago by thatsrich
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