Fire Knife Dancing (Jungle Beat Mystery) Paperback – 21 May 2013
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About the Author
John Enright was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1945. After serving stints in semi-pro baseball and the Lackawanna steel mills, he earned his degree from City College while working full-time at Fortune, Time, and Newsweek magazines. He later completed a master’s degree in folklore at UC-Berkeley, before devoting the 1970s to the publishing industry in New York, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. In 1981, he left the United States to teach at the American Samoa Community College and spent the next twenty-six years living on the islands of the South Pacific. Over the past four decades, his essays, articles, short stories, and poems have appeared in more than seventy books, anthologies, journals, periodicals, and online magazines. His collection of poems from Samoa, 14 Degrees South, won the University of the South Pacific Press’s inaugural International Literature Competition. Today, he and his wife, ceramicist Connie Payne, live in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
Top Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, more for the Samoan background, of which I knew very little, than for the crime aspect. Apelu, his fed up wife, Sina, apparently half-crazed and gun-toting Ezra who needs cranberry juice smuggled to him in jail, Asia who is more than she seems and various FBI agents who have no business and no jurisdiction to be there in the first place, and Nick and Nora the enormous dogs, are all memorable characters and the day to day life of Samoa, if initially difficult to grasp, is delightful. Government seems even more confused here than in other parts of the world, and though Apelu is on the run for part of this book he seems to have no particular need to hide.
The crimes are dealt with, in the final event quite spectacularly, and Apelu prepares to return to duty and to find out whether his wife will still allow him in the house.
I haven't yet read the first book in this series, but I'm looking forward to it.
Once again set in American Samoa with Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua investigating (from some information in the novel I think this book is set in the early 2000s).
Apelu is sitting in his police car outside the house of Ezra Strand, in a remote part of the island, when the windscreen is shattered by a bullet .... this event leads to him uncovering an inter-island smuggling ring with not just cigarettes & bootleg CDs at stake .... Apelu is accused of being involved & forced into hiding .... he races to uncover the truth.
This book has a bit more action in it than the first but neither of them are "action packed" books, more slow & thoughtful. very interesting with the descriptions of life & people in American Samoa.
I note that a 3rd book in the series "The Dead Don't Dance" will be released on the 25th March 2014, I cannot wait to get this!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
good entertaining light-hearted read. Generally well-written and easy to follow.Published 18 months ago by Jean Bench-Johnson
This is the second novel in the Jungle Beat series by Jon Enright.
This story starts with Apelu's police car being shot up outside the property of Ezra Strand, who lives with... Read more