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- Book 1 of 4 in Jungle Beat Mystery (4 Book Series)
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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 ›
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A very good mystery, but the real beauty of this book is the richly detailed setting of Samoa and its people. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Richard Koreto
John Enright's “Pago Pago Tango” introduces readers to Samoan detective Apelu Soifua, returned to the Island after serving on the San Francisco Police Department. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Andrew Kuligowski
I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me some of a Columbo episode in print, but I love Columbo. A good mystery, a couple of murders, but all in PG form.Published 2 months ago by Chris Grier
There are, as you may imagine, not many books set in American Samoa. Since I lived there a while back, I pick them up when I hear about them. This one was a real find. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michele R. Kent
Set in American Samoa, I have no way of knowing if it is an authentic glimpse of that far-off island culture, but the trouble with drugs, young love, murder and mystery rings true. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cedarlila
This was an interesting visit to islands of Samoa. I had visited Pago Pago before, so this was like having the experience come to life for me again... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Muland
I have read all 4 of John Enright's Jungle Beat Mystery series and loved them The writing was poetic, the character of Det. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ANDREA SMITH
Apelu is a character with a dark past who lives uncomfortably in two worlds. Had a lot of fun reading this.Published 5 months ago by SeanE
Not what I ws planning on reading. Finished it but it was a strugglrPublished 6 months ago by Nancy Reed
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