By Deborah Turrell Atkinson
Poisoned Pen Press - October 2002
ISBN: 1590580176 - Hardcover
E: Explicit language

Reviewed by Nancy Mehl for
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Storm Kayama is turning her rebellious past into a promising future. She's working hard to get her law degree while clerking for her adoptive father, lawyer Miles Hamasaki, on the island of Honolulu. Miles was her real father's best friend. When Storm's father died, Miles welcomed her into his home and his heart.

Now, the unthinkable has happened. Miles has been found dead in his office. Storm begins to notice things that don't make sense. There are files that appear to be missing, and she wonders about a cup with coffee in it found clutched in Miles' hand. Miles never drank coffee. And the family that Storm has always felt a part of now seems to distancing itself from her. She begins to question the circumstances of Miles' death. Is something else going on behind the scenes of the successful law firm? Are there secrets in the Hamasaki family? As others around her die through strange circumstances, Storm's love for Miles propels her into danger. As she gets closer to the truth, her own life is threatened. Storm must find out what really happened before it's too late.

Deborah Turrell Atkinson has crafted a superb novel, set beautifully in the middle of the mystery and myth of Hawaii. Ancient superstitions and modern realities wage a battle for justice in an exciting story that will keep readers guessing until the end.

I highly recommend PRIMITIVE SECRETS and look forward to more from this talented author.

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