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Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua spent seven years in the San Francisco Police Department where the job was just a job and solving crimes reuired cool detachment But back home on American Samoa life is personal especially for a cop Because on a small island where no one is a stranger and secrets are widely known but nev. American Samoa is a place I am highly unlikely to ever get a chance to visit so I'll probably have to settle for armchair tourism and this debut mystery is my first visit The book is the first of what looks to be a projected series featuring Detective Sergeant Apelu a Samoan who spent his childhood on the island and much of his adulthood in the US This included seven years with the San Francisco Police Department which he was able to parlay into a job back in Samoa when he needed to come care for his dying father The story kicks off with a bit of a bang in which Apelu is nearly killed while searching for a dead palangi Caucasian in a national park Thanks to that off the books investigation he is reassigned to trivial duties including a routine burglary call which entangles him in something much sinisterWhat that ends up being is not particularly complicated as far as mysteries go nor is it entirely convincing Or rather it's just convincing enough not to spoil the book The real fun of the book is exploring the culture of modern American Samoa as it struggles to reconcile traditional systems and structures with the influences of America Asia and most of all capitalism Unlike many stories set by outsiders Enright lived in Samoa but is not from there these are woven into the fabric of the story and characters and there are not passages that feel like info dumps from a guidebook Apelu is a compelling protagonist balancing his beliefs with his time in America family life with work and the desire to have fun His investigative style might be described as a kind of tropical Columbo as he tends to just drop in on people for chats and then just as he's leaving pull out the old Oh one thing card before delivering his real gotcha uestion Good fun and I'll look forward to the next in the series Definitely recommended for those who read fiction for setting less recommended for those primarily concerned with plot

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E evidence piles up Apelu follows a tangled trail between cultures dead bodies hidden codes and a string of lies on his hunt for the ugly truth buried at the heart of paradiseSet against the steamy backdrop of the Samoan jungle this thoughtful whodunit introduces a memorable new gumshoe to the ranks of detective fictio. Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua is somthing of a Samoan Columbo with his deceptive mannerisms disguising his keen mind I truly enjoyed this crime novel

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Er discussed solving crimes reuires a certainfinesseHere Apelu must walk the line between two cultures Samoan versus American native versus new And that gulf never yawns wider than when a white family’s home in Pago Pago is burglarized And what appears to be a simple open and shut case turns out to anything but As th. What a find this mystery turned out to be I found it by accident as I was searching for books for my Read Around the World challenge It is set in contemporary American Samoa and proved to be a welcome lesson in the culture and history of the island as well as a strongly plotted mystery I really liked the main character Det Sgt Apelu Soifua or Pelu for short A family man with a scarred past as a former San Francisco cop and drug user Pelu has returned to his native island and reclaimed his life in order to become a dedicated father husband and police officer He loves his culture at least most of it; and worries about the impact of many decades of white culture and inhabitants on the island This book is as much about Samoan culture as it is a well constructed mystery And John Enright knows whereof he speaks A former journalist for Fortune Time and Newsweek Enright spent twenty six years living on American Samoa teaching college courses He is interested in cultural folklore having studied it at UC Berkeley and weaves Samoan stories and cultural tidbits throughout his book Pelu believes in many of the old ways and actively practises them as part of his daily life This book saddened me at times as Enright describes many of the negative effects white culture and economic endeavours have had on the island The tuna canning industry represented by the famous Charlie the Tuna of Starkist fame does not come off favourably in Enright's text The palangi or whites have been having considerable impact on American Samoa since it was used by the Navy in 1907 as a base A huge population of wild dogs a garbage plagued harbor with badly contaminated fish severe damage to the island's reefs from cannery waste declines in native birds and plants replaced by invasive species brought to the islands by white outsidersthe list of problems tied to white interference goes on and on There are two other books in this series I will be reading them to continue to follow Pelu's career and to learn about his people's culture and to see if there are any solutions to be found for American Samoa's problems perhaps suggested by Enright based on his observations having made the island his home for almost three decades Informal Work Talks and Teachings yawns wider than when a white family’s home in Pago Pago is burglarized And what appears to be a simple open and shut case turns out to anything but As th. What a find this mystery turned out to be I found it by accident as I was searching for books for my Read Around the World challenge It is set in contemporary American Samoa and proved to be a welcome lesson in the culture and history of the island as well as a strongly plotted mystery I really liked the main character Det Sgt Apelu Soifua or Pelu for short A family man with a scarred past as a former San Francisco cop and drug user Pelu has returned to his native island and reclaimed his life in order to become a dedicated father husband and police officer He loves his culture at least most of it; and worries about the impact of many decades of white culture and inhabitants on the island This book is as much about Samoan culture as it is a well constructed mystery And John Enright knows whereof he speaks A former journalist for Fortune Time and Newsweek Enright spent twenty six Understanding Soccer Tactics years living on American Samoa teaching college courses He is interested in cultural folklore having studied it at UC Berkeley and weaves Samoan stories and cultural tidbits throughout his book Pelu believes in many of the old ways and actively practises them as part of his daily life This book saddened me at times as Enright describes many of the negative effects white culture and economic endeavours have had on the island The tuna canning industry represented by the famous Charlie the Tuna of Starkist fame does not come off favourably in Enright's text The palangi or whites have been having considerable impact on American Samoa since it was used by the Navy in 1907 as a base A huge population of wild dogs a garbage plagued harbor with badly contaminated fish severe damage to the island's reefs from cannery waste declines in native birds and plants replaced by invasive species brought to the islands by white outsidersthe list of problems tied to white interference goes on and on There are two other books in this series I will be reading them to continue to follow Pelu's career and to learn about his people's culture and to see if there are any solutions to be found for American Samoa's problems perhaps suggested by Enright based on his observations having made the island his home for almost three decades

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