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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I agree wholeheartedly with the reader from SF who dissed Walker for his feeble attempt at using pidgin; his dozens of inaccurate "facts" about the Islands and I would add, although there are racial problems here and the Sovereignty movement is strong, it just doesn't work the way Walker has it. There is no major daily Hawaiian language newspaper, for instance. And he has part of the tension between the races as being because all the cops are white! Come to Honolulu and see for your self, and this includes the brass. Mayors, government officals, etc. are represented by every race. Every governor we've had since Arioshyi (1980s) has been non-white, etc., etc.
The story itself is ok, not one of his best, but decent. As a 20-year resident of the Islands, the book was ruined for me by his complete misunderstanding of the culture. There are no chiefs on Molokai; I lived 12 years there and it is nothing like the way Walker portrays it, other than it is largely rural. Likewise the way he describes Kahoolawe; to some extent (the Hawaiians only part) he has it confused Niihau and the rest is just made up. The people of Kahoolawe are those who fly over daily to continue picking up ordincance the government left when Kahoolawe was the Target Island.
And his use of pidgin! Forget it, it's like he just looked up this rich subculture's language and tried copying it out of a dictionary, with no understanding of idioms, etc. Enough already, but if a writer is going to tackle a culture he doesn't understand, he/she had better do their homework!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If this series of books intrigues you, DO NOT read this book first. Put it down and read some of his later works. Then, if you think you'd like more of Dr. Jessica Coran, give it a go. Mr. Walker has put together a book that was painful to read at times. I say this as an individual who grew up in Hawaii. It's obvious that he's intoxicated with the magic of the islands, but, yikes!, leave the local pidgin, culture and language to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The whole series of "Instinct" books are somewhat formulaic: young, gorgeous (but) brilliant foresenic medicine expert/FBI agent must confront and overcome monstrous perps. Male counterparts learn to appreciate and treasure this jewel of a woman, and when they do, they betray, they worry, they love, etc., etc.
If you are a fan of Dr. Scarpetta or "good ole" V.I. and need some kind of fix in between novels, this'll do in a pinch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2013
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I have to admit I wasn't expecting much from this book, and was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong. I enjoyed every page of it! I'll be buying more from this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2012
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The book was intersting but the female doctor ( FBI M.E.)was not believable when both of the FBI agents were confronting the chief. Trying to pull her gun and talking like she did to the chief did not strike me as being inteligent or productive.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is the 3rd Jessica Coran novel. It was very well done and kept me turning pages! I read this book in about a day! Jessica is an intricate character and finding out more about her is intriguing and frustrating. But she is the best M.E. at the FBI since Kay Scarpetta in Patricia Cornwell's books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 1998
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I had ever read some Walker's book yet, but i've got a bit impressed. The way he has described Hawaii as a magic place, and the reality of the charachters and situations make this a very interesting book, that one you never read in those horrible nights when every simple sound frighten us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2013
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I had read these books years ago when they first came out. I wanted to entire set on my Kindle.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the third book I have read by Robert Walker. The first two were good enough to keep my interest until I finished the book. This book however, I could put down several times. I thought it was quite boring. The writing had more to do with Hawaii than the killer or Jessica Coran. I found the killer to be quite boring and not that interesting. The ending of this book also was a dissapointment. I found on a whole that Robert Walkers Jessica Coran series is very good, but this by far is the worst.
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on June 29, 2014
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Aside from the MANY typographical errors, seems to be a big problem knowing the difference between m`s , n`s and r`, the story of the political troubles, the doctors past with serial killers just keep being repeated over and over again. Ok we got it the first three times. Got to be boring about half way through, finally just put down.
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on March 20, 2014
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Pretty good...would read next book in series. Liked the characters and local. I would recommened to those who like forensic mysteries.
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