Having killed his father’s nemesis and gotten away with it, Hilo, Hawaiʻi Chief Detective Koa Kāne, is not your ordinary cop. Estranged from his younger brother, who has been convicted of multiple crimes, he is not from a typical law enforcement family. Yet, Koa’s secret demons fuel his unwavering drive to pursue justice.
Never has Koa’s motivation been greater than when he learns that an elementary school was placed atop a volcanic vent, which has now exploded. The subsequent murders of the school’s contractor and architect only add urgency to his search for the truth.
As Koa’s investigation heats up, his brother collapses in jail from a previously undiagnosed brain tumor. Using his connections, Koa devises a risky plan to win his brother’s freedom. As Koa gradually unravels the obscure connections between multiple suspects, he uncovers a 40 year-old conspiracy. When he is about to apprehend the perpetrators, his investigation suddenly becomes entwined with his brother’s future, forcing Koa to choose between justice for the victims and his brother’s freedom.
Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke
"Moves with volcanic force to a heartfelt, gripping conclusion." —Rick Mofina, USA Today best-selling author
". . . interesting local details and a crackling pace." —Kirkus Reviews
"Readers who like unsubtle, straightforward conflicts between good and evil will be satisfied." —Publishers Weekly
"McCaw has again cooked up a tasty stew with ingredients from a mix of staples from the crimefiction pantry . . . Makes for fine reading." —Booklist
"Robert McCaw is a master storyteller . . . Fire and Vengeance is one of the best books I read in 2020 . . . The suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat. Be prepared for a nail-biting adventure into the high and low of Hawaiian islands." —THE BOOK DECODER
"[Fire and Vengeance] is a well-written, complicated crime story with a marvelous sense of place." —Midwest Book Review