Boi No Good: A Novel of Family, Crime, and Betrayal in a Hawaii of Turmoil

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9781566479806: Boi No Good: A Novel of Family, Crime, and Betrayal in a Hawaii of Turmoil

After social services rescues three abused children Shane, Boi, and Glory from a junked city bus, a state senator and his beauty queen wife adopt one, a taro farmer and a hula dancer take in another, and the only girl ends up back in the clutches of their druggie mother. When these siblings later reunite as young adults, conflicts rise as they battle their grim pasts and attempt to break from their ill-fated trajectories. Boi no Good is about a rich kid trying to be tough, a criminal with a gruesome past who will do anything to stay free, and a juvenile delinquent turned cop who wants to save the world and blow it up at the same time. When a pending law threatens to change the face of Hawaii, Boi will do anything to stop it, even if his siblings and a state senator stand in his way.

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Contemporary Hawaii taro lands vanish, rich mainlanders buy up beachfront, drugs run rampant, homeless camp in the mountains, politicians make backroom deals.

In 1997, social services rescues Boi (4), Shane (5), and Glory (6), three abused and neglected siblings from a junked city bus where they have been living with their frail dying grandmother and addict mother. Shane is adopted by an old money state senator/future governor and his former beauty queen wife. A taro farmer and his Polynesian Cultural Center hula dancer wife take in Boi while the oldest, Glory, ends up back with her child-burning mother and a step-father so bad that he makes her mother look like a saint. When these three siblings reunite in their teens and twenties, there are immediate conflicts as they attempt to change their life trajectories. Boi No Good is about a rich kid trying to be street tough, a criminal with a horrific past who will do anything to stay free, and a juvie turned cop who wants to both save the world and blow it up. When a pending law threatens to change the face of Hawaii, Boi will do anything to stop it even if his siblings and a governor he calls Uncle stand in the way.

McKinney takes us again on a romp through noir Hawaii as he traces the life arcs of three lives grappling with emotional and social issues in a world that was not of their making. A powerful story of sibling conflict set amid sharp class and ethnic divisions exposing social ills swept under the rug to not deter Hawaii's image as paradise.

McKinney rips the cover off Hawaii to show us the inside workings of our troubled Island state: from the Governor's office to the cops on the beat to the drug addicts and surfers to the crony developers and the struggling souls camped in our parks and beaches. Tragic and darkly comic, bursting with creativity and exuberance, Boi No Good will take you on a ride you'll never forget.

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More than just portraying the violent and dark side of Hawaii, "Boi No Good" is ultimately about politics and family--the struggles of those who try to do good for Hawaii while working within a system of self-serving government and business interests, and how it's both a blessing and sometimes a burden to be so close to those who love you... These are things we can relate to. These are the reasons to read Chris McKinney's "Boi No Good."--Honolulu Star-Advertiser 11/25/12

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