(From the publisher):
When Storm Kayama walks into her lucrative Honolulu law firm one morning, sheís shocked ó and grieved ó to find her adopted uncle at his desk, stiff and cold. Years before, Miles Hamasaki had fulfilled a promise to Stormís father and brought her to be raised with his own family. But questions surround Hamasaki's death and her adopted family, though displaying internal rifts begins to close ranks as Storm's suspicions rise.
Heading to the Big Island for a weekend escape from escalating pressures, Storm narrowly escapes a terrible accident en route to her aunt's and uncle's mountain home. There, with Maile, a traditional Hawaiian healer, and Keone, a paniolo on the huge Parker Ranch, Storm encounters a legend from her youth and a family totem, or 'aumakua, which will protect her - and do it a damn sight better than modern medicine is looking after the firm's clients.
As Storm struggles to heal her own childhood wounds and bring justice to Hamasakiís killer, she also comes to grips with the rifts in her own life and culture.
From the winding cane roads of Hamakua to the seedy side of Honoluluís Chinatown, with a deft juxtaposition of a bustling Honolulu against the islandís legends and wild beauty, Atkinson reveals a Hawaii that few visitors ever see as she unfolds a clever, contemporary plot laced with island lore.
Original title: Primitive Secrets
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Amateur