Scott Kikkawa's third novel set in 1950s Territorial Hawai‘i, featuring Honolulu Police Department’s only Japanese American homicide detective, World War II veteran Francis Hideyuki Yoshikawa.
January 1954. Honolulu. Chinatown.
Honolulu Police Department Homicide Detective Sergeant Francis “The Sheik” Yoshikawa finds himself a reluctant stand-in bagman, extracting protection money from gambling and brothel racketeers. When a routine collection run turns into a bloody nightmare, Sheik loses a material witness but gains back his true purpose. As he navigates his way through the dens of iniquity and the body count rises, he is caught in the crosshairs of organized crime and disorganized law, between his extortionist police patrons and a special investigation bent on rooting out corruption in the department. A reckoning is due, and this time Sheik feels the squeeze.
Scott Kikkawa is a fourth generation Japanese American raised in Hawai‘i Kai. Currently a federal law enforcement officer, the New York University alumnus is the author of three noir detective novels set in postwar Honolulu—Kona Winds, Red Dirt, and Char Siu.
He has been honored with an Elliot Cades Award for Literature, and a crime fiction short story of his was selected as one of the “Other Distinguished Stories of 2021” in The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2022 anthology. He is a columnist and an Associate Editor for The Hawai‘i Review of Books. His short stories have appeared in six issues of Bamboo Ridge, Journal of Hawai‘i Literature and Arts.
Kona Winds and Red Dirt debuted on the Small Press Distribution fiction bestseller list and were featured in HONOLULU Magazine’s list of “Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read.”