By Toby Neal
“Toby Neal's tales have a constant, charged power that heats up each page.” Holly Robinson, writer of drowsing Tigers
"The island of Maui is turquoise ocean, lovely vistas, and whalesong—but geared up crime has a hidden carry, and Detective Lei Texeira tracks evil that hides at the back of a gorgeous face.
When a anonymous teenage woman dies in an obvious vehicular suicide, Lei can’t leisure till she reveals out what rather occurred. She blazes via the entire wealth and poverty of Maui island society in her quest for justice, rousing a dangerous foe—even as she faces the private demons of dedication and revenge that threaten the sole love she’s ever known."
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