The Pearl Harbor Murders

Written by Max Allan Collins
Review by Dana Cohlmeyer

Collins’ thrilling new mystery is spellbinding. World-famous author Edgar Rice Burroughs is too busy basking in the warm Hawaiian sun to pay much attention to the rumors that war with Japan is imminent. However, that all changes when he finds a popular Japanese-American singer murdered on the beach. As people speculate that Pearl Harada’s death was race-related, Burroughs begins to fear her murder was a result of knowing too much. Worried that a friend’s son may be involved, he begins the hunt for the murderer only to have his search tragically interrupted by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. As Oahu struggles to deal with the tragedy, he must continue his search for the murderer in the ensuing devastation and mayhem.

This latest offering from the multiple Shamus-award winning and Edgar-nominated author is a great read that leaves the reader trying to keep up.