Pago Pago Tango (Jungle Beat Mystery)

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Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua spent seven years in the San Francisco Police Department, where the job was just a job and solving crimes required cool detachment. But back home on American Samoa, life is personal—especially for a cop. Because on a small island where no one is a stranger and secrets are widely known but never discussed, solving crimes requires a certain...finesse.

Here, Apelu must walk the line between two cultures: Samoan versus American, native versus new. And that gulf never yawns wider than when a white family’s home in Pago Pago is burglarized. And what appears to be a simple, open-and-shut case turns out to anything but. As the evidence piles up, Apelu follows a tangled trail between cultures, dead bodies, hidden codes, and a string of lies on his hunt for the ugly truth buried at the heart of paradise.

Set against the steamy backdrop of the Samoan jungle, this thoughtful whodunit introduces a memorable new gumshoe to the ranks of detective fiction.

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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.

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Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua of the American Samoa PD is called to a palangi (Caucasian) enclave to check on a burglary at the home of a vice president of the island’s largest industry, a tuna cannery. A VCR and some videotapes have been stolen; the VP dismisses the theft as unimportant, but the man’s shrewish wife and flirtatious twentysomething daughter tell different stories, and Apelu finds himself in a murky case that might be routine—or might be deadly. Apelu faces many obstacles, not least the fact that the police force is a “palangi invention.” Prior to the Americans’ arrival, villages policed themselves, and chiefs meted out justice. Enright’s portrait of cultural collision is the heart of this engaging series debut. The insights into Samoan society, culture, and history at first seem like interesting digressions, but they ultimately become integral to understanding Apelu’s approach to the case. Fans of crime in exotic settings will likely enjoy this one. --Thomas Gaughan

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