Torn Roots by Scott Bury

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    FBI agent Vanessa Storm has to get to the bottom of an arson attack and possible murder at a construction site for a new marina on Maui. Just reading all the descriptions of local roads and foods and the lilting names made me feel like I was in a lazy tropical paradise, but crimes are committed in the islands, too.

    Hawaii is known for volcanoes and sandy beaches. Beauty and danger reign.

    After breaking a case of murdered poachers in Maui’s national park, Detective Pono Kaihale accepts a short-term position as Acting Lieutenant in Hana on the island’s rain-forest coast. He is looking forward to redirecting lost hikers and moderating mild lovers’ spats, and enjoying the natural beauty of the southeast shore. But by his second week on the job, Pono finds trouble here comes in unexpected forms.

    As environmentalists, property developers, protesters, arsonists, kidnappers and a rogue Homeland Security agent converge on his new post, Pono feels like the eye of a brewing storm. And when a new FBI agent gets involved, Pono realizes the stakes are much higher than a quiet period in his career.

    Lives will be lost if he doesn’t solve this mystery quickly.

    About Scott Bury:

    Scott Bury is a journalist, editor and writer living in Ottawa, Canada. His articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in Canada, the US, UK and Australia, including Macworld, the Ottawa Citizen, the Financial Post, Marketing, Canadian Printer, Applied Arts, PEM, Workplace, Advanced Manufacturing and others.

    Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He holds a BA from Carleton University’s School of Journalism. He has two sons, an orange cat and a loving wife who puts up with a lot.

    He is a recipient of Maclean Hunter’s Top 6 Award and a member of a team that won a Neal Award for business reporting.

    The Written Word published his first novel, The Bones of the Earth, in 2011. His first published fiction was a short story, Sam, the Strawb Part, the proceeds of which are donated to an autism charity.

    In 2013, the Written Word published his second novel, One Shade of Red, a spoof of the inexplicable bestseller that is mostly made of emails.

    His Army of Worn Soles is a memoir in novel format that tells the true story of the author’s father in law, drafted into the Red Army in 1941. He is now working on a sequel.

    Review by Brooke Frederick:

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    Forget about cooking and eating lunch today, forget about the errands I was supposed to run. I made the mistake of picking up this book and could not stop reading.

    FBI agent Vanessa Storm has to get to the bottom of an arson attack and possible murder at a construction site for a new marina on Maui. Just reading all the descriptions of local roads and foods and the lilting names made me feel like I was in a lazy tropical paradise, but crimes are committed in the islands, too.

    Pure enjoyment!

    Review by J. Felix:

    Mr Bury has written a wonderful Novella adding to the Lei Crime series family. He has woven a cast of new characters with Ms Neal’s Pono and Marcella to create a believable story set on the island of Maui.

    His character development is likened to that so Stephen King (but not scary) … His characters are believable and full of life and the foibles of real people. Scott’s narrative regarding the Hana area of Maui made me feel like I was actually visiting there … When on the island, I never got to Hana, but now I feel like I have.

    I am looking forward to reading more from Mr Bury in the future and I hope he writes more for the Lei Crime series as well.

    Review by LGB:

    This is the first thing I have read by Scott Bury, and I was impressed with his skill in developing characters which melded seamlessly with Toby Neal’s cast of many.

    I have read all of the Lei Crime Series books and would not have realized this was not one of Ms. Neal’s creations if not informed initially. The plot developed quickly (since this is a novella), but the reader was still able to get to know the major players and to feel like a complete, well-developed story was presented.

    I will certainly add Mr. Bury to the list of authors I follow.