Books (Fiction – Derrick Dreadlow Series)

 


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 Waikiki v1 Ocean 3 copy    Aloha kakou – (hello to all). E komo mai – (Come in, welcome).

 

Derrick Dreadlow Series: (The series is best experienced from the beginning as the characters develop and grow over time.)

Life is complex, even on a good day. When you are a cop with a past, it can be even more so. Navigating life can be tricky. Everyone, friends, family, enemies, have their own ambitions, ghosts, and demons. You can’t always tell who is who or what is what. You also can’t escape. Not even in paradise.

Derrick Dreadlow is a Detective from New York City who takes a vacation to Hawaii to decompress and get his copness back after the murder of his wife. His second wife.

The series follows his adventures and cases as he decides to stay in the pacific island paradise and leave his old life behind. It is a new and exciting place to live. No case is too big or too small. He quickly makes new friends, as well as a few enemies. But the past is always just a step away. Lurking in the shadows. And it’s not just his life. It’s not just his past. Everyone has a life. Everyone has a past. Everyone has plans for a future. A better future.

The mystique of Polynesia has always attracted those looking to escape the rest of the world. With its pristine sandy beaches, deep blue skies and lush tropical forests, it is an oasis of land surrounded by a vast ocean. Oahu, the gathering place, is a crossroads in his life and those around him.

Yet even a world away, his past and the past of his deceased wife, reaches out and haunts him. But then… so it is with everyone he meets. Together they try to sort it all out, to cope, to go on with their lives as best they can. They only have each other to depend on as the world swirls around them.

 

Mahalo – (Thank you)

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Next Volume: Vol 9  –  Volume 9

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In the continuing series, this book picks up where ‘Whispers From The Dead’ leaves off. In the middle of the night, Derrick gets a phone call. His partner has just been arrested.

He is her only hope to prove her innocence. The arresting officers and the DA aren’t looking for anyone else because they believe they have an open and shut case. Even worse… their evidence seems to back them up.

The lead investigator has warned him to stay away from the case. Even the chief has ordered him not to work the case.

The captain has assigned Derrick a new partner as he tries to untangle his web of previous cases. He tried to juggle helping Pele as best he can while staying out of the view of the Internal Affairs Lieutenant, the chief, and a tenacious reporter who thinks they all have something to hide.

As if this weren’t enough, there are friends and supporters getting in the way of his investigation, making it all even harder.

 


 


Derrick Dreadlow – Volume 1:

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In New York City or in Paradise… Murder is Murder. However, when it hits home, it is more than that.

Derrick has been a detective in New York for over twenty years and he didn’t see it coming. And now… Burnout? Self-doubt? A combination? Whatever it is, Derrick Dreadlow has been off his game since the death of his wife. The murder of his wife.

Derrick’s captain tells him it is time to take a step back for a bit. He sends Derrick on a forced vacation to take stock of his life. He tells Derrick to get away from it all. Go somewhere different, a place where he can clear his head.

With ticket in hand, he leaves the snow and slush of the city and heads to Paradise. What better place to relax than Oahu. The Gathering Place. A Hawaiian island in the middle of the Pacific, where he can get away, unwind and recharge.

At first, he enjoys the balmy days, the white sand beaches, the spectacular views. But he’s not used to taking more than a day or two off at a time. Quickly, eight weeks of stored up vacation, even in paradise, begins to look like an eternity. Feeling restless, he learns of a case that no one else is interested in. As he adjusts to the slower pace of island life, his head clears. He starts thinking like a cop again.

The series follows Derrick Dreadlow as he finds new friends, new adventures, renewed vigor and… maybe even the possibility of new love.

 

Available now at: Kindle Amazon

 

 


 

Derrick Dreadlow – Volume 2:

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Alea iacta est – The die is cast. We follow Lieutenant Dreadlow as he decides to leave New York behind and take the job with the Honolulu Police Department. He is now officially a resident of Hawaii.

However, life is complex. And for Derrick it has always been like that. He thought paradise might be different. But before he even begins his new job, he finds himself jumping from one hot political frying pan into another. He trades the mystery of his wife’s murder for the family ties of ‘The Three Friends’. Three friends tied together by marriage and family, but divided by the different paths they have chosen. However, there is no going back now as he slowly learns about the three friends, and adjusts to working with his new partner, while also solving a case of a missing co-ed.

He makes his own new friends as he settles into his new life in paradise. Old ties begin to fade. Almost. The death of his second wife still lurks in the background as he tries to uncover what happened, and who she really was.

 

Available now at:  Kindle Amazon

 

 


 

Derrick Dreadlow – Volume 3:

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The Dreadlow series continues as Derrick and his partner Pele Kobayashi, land a case to figure out who killed a favorite celebrity in Hawaii after he emceed the Waikiki Spam Festival. They learn that for a favorite celebrity, he had a lot of enemies. They uncover several prime suspects and even one eyewitness. Unfortunately, their only witness won’t be allowed to testify in court.

As they pursue their suspects across the island of Oahu, Pele’s sister is found at a secluded beach, under some trees, left for dead. As they unravel what happened to her, Derrick finds himself sucked in deeper to the complex world of the three friends.

One of Derrick’s new friends, an intern in the police forensics lab named Quon Li, sets a big plan of his in motion.

Meanwhile, Derrick continues to unravel the mysterious life of his murdered wife. This time, she sends him a big a surprise. From beyond the grave.

 

Available now at:  Kindle Amazon



 

Derrick Dreadlow – Volume 4:

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Derrick continues to settle into his new life in the islands. Having been working since he arrived, he attempts to take another vacation. His goddaughters are coming for a visit. He hasn’t seen them since he left New York.

The Chief however has other plans putting Derrick in a bind. Derrick, Pele, and Captain Henderson are assigned to be the HPD’s welcome ambassadors at a police conference being hosted in Honolulu. He is faced with a choice… his career or the girls?

Things get further complicated for Derrick, when a series of deaths take place that could have international repercussions. He finds tentacles from his past, a past he is trying to keep in the past, reaching out to grab him as he is put in charge of the investigation that everyone higher up fully expects to fail. His friends are assigned to help him. If he goes down, they all do.

Available at: Kindle – Amazon

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Derrick Dreadlow – Volume 5:

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As the series continues, Derrick is still trying to adapt to life in the islands. One again he is reminded that life isn’t simple. Not even in paradise. His hopes for a clean break from the past are shattered. And he is slipping into new tangled webs of quests for power, control and deceit.

His goddaughters are with him as he tries to set aside time just for them. However, on the very first morning of his second attempt at a vacation with them, his ex-wife shows up to take his goddaughters away.

He is on very thin ice with his ex as he gets her to agree to let them stay. Under certain conditions. Things seem to be going better until they take off for a day at the beach. While getting a surfing lesson from his partner Pele and her sister, they all witness an explosive boating accident. Or was it?

While they dig deeper into the events surrounding the incident, they uncover a murder in California, and a document called the Blue Line Report. As their list of suspects grows, they also discover a tie to Tomas Kobayashi. The brother of Pele and her sister.

To make things worse, as he tries to restore some balance to his life and work, he finds disturbing clues that the veterinarian he has been dating may not be who he thought she was. And he thought moving to paradise would be like living in paradise. How naive.

Available now at: Kindle Amazon

 


Derrick Dreadlow – Volume 6:

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As Derrick’s life in the islands continues to unfold, he and Pele have missed their flight to New York to check on a couple of cases.

When they finally get there, he learns that his parents have a big surprise. He also learns that they have met Pele’s sister Haruku.

Being that it’s Pele’s first off island trip, it isn’t all work. During a break in fighting crime, Derrick takes Haruku to Broadway, while his friend Eddie takes Pele out to a night on the city. While on their date, Pele and Eddie try to help a woman in distress and are attacked for their trouble.

When they get back to Hawaii, Derrick receives a call from a friend in Italy asking for help on a missing person’s case. The case moves from a missing person to death. The question is, was it an accident? Kilauea? Or someone staying at the volcano lodge?

As they investigate these incidents, they learn that nothing about them was as it first appeared. And smoldering in the background, Pele’s brother is setting to unleash an eruption of his own on the family.

Available now at: Kindle Amazon

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Derrick Dreadlow – Volume 7:

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Derrick’s life gets more complicated as he takes another twist into the shadow world of a past he didn’t know about, and a collision with a world he wished he didn’t know about.

With no break from their last case, Derrick and Pele find themselves quickly sinking into new problems. Derrick receives a call from his friend Vincenzio in Italy. Someone has broken into the Villa his deceased wife left him. He decides it is finally time to go see what his murdered wife left him.

Unwilling to pass up a chance to Italy, they all decide to take a quick trip to see what happened, and hopefully, maybe learn more about why she was murdered. They find more questions than answers as they get tangled up in a game of cat and mouse across Europe with people they don’t know.

Before their plane even lands on the return trip back to Hawaii, Derrick gets a call from the Captain. There is someone missing, and he has been requested to find them.

As Derrick and Pele work their new case, she and her sister Haruku, are locked a family feud as their brother Tomas, tries to cut them out of the family business.

Available now at: Kindle Amazon

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Derrick Dreadlow – Volume 8:

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A hurricane clips Oahu. While not a storm for the record books, it creates opportunities for some, and stirs up events from the past for others. Mudslides close roads and power goes out in Honolulu. The ground gives up skeletons from the past. Ghosts long forgotten. Are they ancient Hawaiians? Victims of an accident? Or victims of murder?

Derrick and Pele are accumulating cases of dead and missing people faster than broken seashells on the beach after a storm.

As they dig deeper, they uncover clues that a possible gang war is brewing. Derrick also learns that some of his friends are victims of retaliation for looking into his deceased wife’s death.

Instead of moving forward, at every turn Derrick is slipping backward. Every clue just leads to a new question.

And if that weren’t enough, a reporter searching for a good story wonders if Derrick, his partner, and the Chief of police are in on a conspiracy that goes back over sixty years.

Are all these cases separate? Or, is someone pulling the strings from the shadows? Paradise has become anything but.

Available now at: Kindle Amazon


Posted November 28, 2012 by Julien

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