Re: RARA-AVIS: Hawaiian Detectives

From: John Woolley (
Date: 18 Jan 2000

Juri Nummelin writes:
> Are there any other Hawaiian P.I.'s around?

William Campbell Gault's _Hibiscus and Homicide_ is a very good P. I. story, set in late-1940s Honolulu, with an excellect sense of place. Curiously enough, its initial situation -- a boxer hiring a detective to look for the boxer's missing girlfriend -- is also the beginning of Gault's first Brock Callahan novel, _Murder in the Raw_. (The stories go different directions, though -- they just start the same way.)

_Hibiscus and Homicide_ was reprinted in _The Mammoth Book of Pulp Fiction_, edited by Maxim Jakubowski, a superior anthology which includes some other great work -- for instance, the short version of Fredric Brown's _The Wench Is Dead_, Donald Westlake's _Ordo_, _Flight to Nowhere_ by Charles Williams, Lawrence Block's _A Candle for the Bag Lady_, lots more.

-- Fr. John Woolley

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