• Title: Aloha, Lady Blue: A Mystery
  • Author: Charley Memminger
  • Released: 2013-01-22
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 125000778X
  • ISBN13: 978-1250007780
  • ASIN: 125000778X
From Stryker McBride, a former newspaper reporter living on a houseboat in Hawaii, is surprised to get a phone call from an old school classmate, Amber, whose grandfather drowned in unusual circumstances. Amber suspects foul play, but Stryker can’t help feeling she has a hidden agenda, especially when he can’t turn up any evidence that the drowning wasn’t accidental. First-person narrator McBride is likable and laid-back, taking things as they come but squaring his shoulders and balling his fists when the situation calls for it. If he sounds like a guy named Travis McGee, who also lived on a houseboat, it’s not a coincidence. Stryker has the same sort of surname as McGee, and just to make sure we get the point, Memminger calls Stryker’s houseboat the Travis McGee. Homages don’t get much more overt than this, but on the other hand, this is no stale remake. It has its own story, its own protagonist, and its own atmosphere, Hawaii being quite a bit different from McGee’s Florida. Whatever you call it, McDonald homage or Memminger original, it’s pretty darned good. --David Pitt

Review

"Whatever you call it, McDonald homage or Memminger original, it’s pretty darned good."
--Booklist  

“A great read—extraordinary!  For anyone who lives in Hawaii, visits Hawaii, or even dreams of going to Hawaii. Oh, what the heck, it’s for anyone who loves a crackling good story!”

--Pat Sajak, long-time host of Wheel of Fortune

 

"Everything you want in a mystery-thriller: beautiful, dangerous women, ugly, even more dangerous thugs, a rash of inexplicable murders, and, best of all, two fairly unreliable canine companions, Kane and Lono.  The only question is, 'when's the next one coming out?'"

--Bruce Cameron, New York Times bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose

 

“In a long and legendary career as a crime reporter in Hawaii, Charley Memminger has met more than his share of hit men, cons, and colorful characters. They leap off the page, packing a Hawaiian punch and taking the reader to a lusty luau on the underside of paradise. Smart, funny, tough, and sparkles with insight. Stryker McBride gets my vote as Hawaii’s newest hero. I hate to say it, but move over, Magnum.”

--Kinky Friedman

 

“Charley Memminger should be named Hawaii's state gem. Sorry black coral, he's just better than you are. His great first novel made me feel like I just took a Hawaiian vacation, and not your usual boring beach vacation, but a thrilling trip filled with corrupt cops and libidinous Russians.”

--A.J. Jacobs, author of The Know-it-All

 

"Memminger does for Hawaii what John D. MacDonald did for Florida: makes it come alive.”

--David Houle, author of The Shift Age

 

“Thoroughly authentic and entertaining. A fast and furious ride with unforgettable characters, hot Hawaiian nights, and a dark and dirty secret that could scar the face of America's paradise.”

--Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, executive producers of Mad Men

 

"Chilling and sometimes hilarious… Shines with a cruel brilliance and an honest hypnotic power."

—Frank South, executive producer of Baywatch and Melrose Place

 

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