Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Photo Finish: A McKenna Mystery Paperback – September 23, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
2013 Finalist in Mystery Category - San Diego Book Awards
About the Author
Terry Ambrose started out skip tracing and collecting money from deadbeats and quickly learned that liars come from all walks of life. He never actually stole a car, but sometimes hired big guys with tow trucks and a penchant for working in the dark when “negotiations” failed. A resident of Southern California, he loves spending time in Hawaii, especially on the Garden Island of Kauai, where he invents lies for others to read. His years of chasing deadbeats taught him many valuable life lessons including—always keep your car in the garage.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle Edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Ambrose's characters are well thought-out, prone to the mundanities of life (this old brah got some small bladder, yah?), and complicated. Their dialogue is snappy, true to life, and sprinkled with the lingo of the islands. And one thing Ambrose does so well is give the reader a feel for the REAL Hawaii, the one the tourists shuffle past to snap their pictures of the surface, ignoring the depths of this colorful—surprisingly dangerous—place. This is probably not the best advertising brochure for travel agencies, but that is part of what makes this story so compelling.
Photo Finish is not just a story about a cranky old landlord caught up in a whirlwind of trouble over a girl with mile-long legs, it's a story of culture, the human condition, and what lies beneath the snark.
PS: It's more snark.
that he has nicknamed “ Legs” who claims she is in Oahu on assignment to photograph the Sacred Falls. The falls
area has been closed due to a landslide but McKenna is sweet talked into providing her with a guide to photograph
this site. Enter the local guide, Alexander who takes Harris. After their trip to the Falls, Alexander & Harris return
with a fuzzy picture of a plane dropping a body. And so the saga begins as McKenna investigates the who, how
and why’s of the photo shows. Little does he know that he and his cronies are going to uncover several murders,
a drug smuggling ring and while being the target of a con. Will he and his cronies go unscaved?
The story includes descriptions of the beautiful landscape in Oahu plus use of the island language, customs,
superstitions and living.
This is an action packed suspense mystery with funny, quirky characters who find themselves in precarious situation.
Read and enjoy!!
Was that Duke Kahanamoku or Great-Grampa Kimu? What was Harris doing with the camera? And Da kine like that. In spite of all my questions, I did enjoy the book and recommend it.
Enter newest resident, Harris Gavin, a pretty girl who smiles and calls McKenna "honey." That Mckenna's knees get weak whenever she enters the room makes this reader want to tug on his sleeve and say, "Watch out, pal."
Any other author would have the two rolling in bed before page five, but wait---there's gonna be more, a lot more to this story! So McKenna's a little light in the head about his newest tenant, and when Harris hires his best friend as tourist guide to take her up to an off-limits, closed-to-tourists park--no worries. Besides, Alexander is his best friend, right? I know, I know, I keep saying "best friend," don't I? That's because McKenna's friendship with Alex will soon be tried and tested to the limits. Like when the trip to the falls becomes a crime scene and a dead body drops out of an airplane. And like when Alex's wife gets angry, and his cousin is murdered. That's the hard part. Then there are the fun and funny parts. I got to laughing so hard in a couple of places... well, here's one: "I chuckled at the thought of what they did in Marin County when they were watching `Hawaii Five-O'... if that area ever went up in flames, the state would be high for a month."
And then there are McKenna's recurring dreams of an old Hawaiian on a surf board. You'll have to read it. Can't be any better, especially the end.
This is mystery at its best--humor, adventure and a rip-roaring good tale. And best of all it's in my favorite place in the whole world--Hawaii!
Most recent customer reviews
As laid back story of people and things not being as they initially seem to be.Read more
McKenna has gone from a bank skip tracer to grumpy landlord, an apartment with a fantastic view.Read more