Life hasn't been easy since losing his wife so Boise has decided to head back to St. Thomas where he grew up. Once there, he grows nostalgic for his childhood friend Roger, but Roger is dead, murdered presumably because he was a drug dealer. But Boise thinks there's more to it than that and he wants to get to the bottom of it.
A first novel, Dark Paradise is a good mystery, where Boise is not your typical detective. He makes for a fun character. In his quest to figure out who killed Roger, he meets a reporter Dana who is willing to help Boise if he helps her. That made for an interesting story, the two work very well together. Desrochers does a great job at portraying what life is like in St. Thomas, with rich descriptions and local dialect. This was well-written and intriguing and a lot of fun to read.