Item description for The Big Island by Paul L. Hall...
Paradise Lost . . .
Eddie Devine wanted to flee to the Big Island of Hawaii. But his wife was against it, he was broke, and, stickiest of all, he was connected to millionaire Nate Quigley's disappearance. Now he was holed up with the Queen of Free Spirits, Naomi Butler. He feigned interest in her, but he was running out of time---and patience.
Stephen Fargo, in perpetual grief over his wife's death, hung out in a pool hall full of ex-cops, played computer chess, and sought daily solace in alcohol. Then Fargo agreed to try to find Eddie Devine. Suddenly, threats came from several directions, he found himself falling in love, and a malevolent force chose him as his final target.
Kevin "Butch" Pellet, a.k.a Crank, killed people for the mysterious Mr. Code and read at slams for all the female attention he could get. Unfortunately, his two careers were in jeopardy thanks to Eddie Devine, who had served time with Pellet. Then there was that puzzling hit list of Mr. Code's, which had Pellet knocking off, one by one, several prominent citizens who had been friends since childhood.
As Fargo pursued Eddie, the bodies piled up. Then, an anonymous caller to a talk radio show claimed responsibility for Nate Quigley's murder, and the pace quickened as three generations were set to collide with a force that would blow the lid off more than twenty years of secrecy.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2004
Publisher Llumina Press
ISBN 1932560823 ISBN13 9781932560824
Availability 0 units.
More About Paul L. Hall
Paul L. Hall has published two previous novels in the Stephen Fargo series--Our Father and The Big Island--as well as poetry, short stories and articles in publications such The Paris Review, Reader's Digest, The Sun, and numerous trade publications. His most recent novel, Places the Dead Call Home, earned a Midwest Independent Publishers Association Award (2006), an Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY, 2007), a Reader Views Reader Reviewers Choice Award (2007) and a Next Generation Indie Book Award (2008).
Paul L. Hall currently resides in Troy, in the state of Michigan.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Big Island?
Good writing but too much repeat from the first book May 21, 2006
This is the second book in the Stephen Fargo series. I love books that are written with a continuing character so I was excited to get a copy of this book. I was truly disappointed.
Denise, Stephen Fargo's new wife, has died in a hiking accident and he is not getting over her loss easily. His "adopted daughter", Jennifer, has asked him to help find her missing husband, Eddie who is an ex-con. Eddie's big dream is to get to Hawaii. Jen's uncle is found dead and Eddie is a good suspect for the murder as he doesn't have the money he needs to do that. Stephen is being shot at.
All in all, these are very good ideas for a good murder mystery but having read Our Father, I was already aware of the previous story. The Big Island began with a rehash of Our Father which is good if it isn't overly done or you haven't read the previous one. So, I gave the book a chance not drone on about the first book. It improved in several chapters but then returned once again to rehashing the previous book. Less than 100 pages into the book, I knew it was going to be a complete bore. While the actual story - the new story that is - was good - the rehashing provided a good sleep aid.
I won't give more of the story away in case you haven't read the first book as Mr. Hall's writing is good. If your enjoy murder mysteries, haven't read Our Father and like the lure of Hawaii, this is a book you will want to read.