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The Green Room [Paperback]

Deborah Turrell Atkinson

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Book Description

Aug. 15 2007 Storm Kayama Series
Storm Kayama needs to build her clientele, so when surf promoter Marty Barstow's wife Stephanie walks into her new law office, Storm agrees to represent her, despite her distaste for a bitter divorce situation.
When Stephanie's son Ben, a promising surfer, invites her to O'ahu's North Shore for a contest, Storm jumps at the chance. Not only will it be a thrill to observe the meet, but Storm will also have the opportunity to watch a distant cousin compete. Nahoa Pi'ilani has grown from a mischievous kid to a surfer of international renown, and he seems to have put the trouble that once brewed between their families behind him.
Then a child delivers a package to Nahoa containing an ancient Hawaiian weapona wooden club encircled with shark's teeth. Storm recognizes the lei o mano. It's a threat, a call to battle.
Events soon suck her into a vortex of escalating peril. As if she were in the green roomthe underwater space where tons of churning water can imprison a surferStorm is buffeted and disoriented by local legend, greed, and cutthroat competition and must confront not only a vicious killer but a haunting incident from her past.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (Aug. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159058404X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590584040
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,411,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The title of Atkinson's second book to feature Hawaiian attorney Storm Kayama (after 2002's Primitive Secrets) refers to the tumultuous place beneath the waves where a surfer either gets thrown or dives to escape a potentially dangerous swell. Kayama has spent time in the green room; her nightmarish past keeps her shy of the bigger waves these days, and she's instead focused on building her new law firm with her partner and boyfriend, Ian Hamlin. When a client's son extends an enticing invitation to attend a surf contest in Oahu, Kayama reunites with her long-estranged cousin, Nahoa Pi 'ilani, now a celebrated surfer top-seeded in the contest. After his highest ranked opponent dies under suspicious circumstances, Pi 'ilani receives a mysterious and threatening gift, a Hawaiian war totem known as a lei o man. When her cousin subsequently disappears, Kayama finds herself pulled into a risky search for answers. Peppered throughout with surfing terms, Hawaiian dialect and gorgeous descriptions of Oahu's North Shore, this exotic beach read is quick and fun.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Oahu provides the tropical setting for this second adventure of Storm Kamaya, whom readers first met in Primitive Secrets (2002). Having recently passed the bar, Storm is setting up shop in Honolulu with her boyfriend, lawyer Ian Hamlin. When a new client turns out to be the mother of a surfer, Storm is drawn into the surfing world and reacquainted with her cousin, famous surfer Nahoa Pi'ilani, who has received a mysterious package containing an ancient Hawaiian weapon--signifying a threat to his life. Atkinson provides an in-depth look into the surprisingly lucrative competitive surfing world. Interesting subplots include Storm's struggle to overcome her fear of the "green room"--how surfers refer to the roiling green water that sometimes traps those who capsize--and her attempts to reconcile with Nahoa's family, some of whom blame Storm for the drowning death of her uncle. Atkinson adds depth by weaving tidbits of ancient Hawaiian lore into the plot and ramps up the action with her descriptions of Storm and others trying to ride the fickle waves. Jenny McLarin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride! Nov. 5 2005
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Reading Ms. Turrell Atkinson's second book was like visiting with friends who have a much more exciting life than me. Storm is a wonderful character and her adventure at a surf contest on the North Shore of Oahu is a wild ride and an excellent read.

The romantic tension between Storm and Hamlin escalates in this book as they start their own law practice. A new client's son brings out Storm's love of surfing. Entrants in a surfing contest are dying with ominous Hawaiian lore left in their wake. It becomes personal when Storm's relative is one of the victims.

I live in Hawaii and love the local flavors, dialect and customs the author weaves in her stories. This book gave me the feeling of being right on the beach watching the surfers compete.

The tension was tightly written, and when Storm was caught in the "green room" I was afraid I wouldn't be able to catch my own breath.

I enjoyed this book very much and am already looking forward to reading what happens next to Storm and company.

Michelle from Oahu
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fine Hawaii legal thriller Oct. 14 2005
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
On the island of Oahu in Hawaii, native Storm Kayama and her lover Ian Hamlin opened up a law office in a small converted house about a mile from Honolulu. Her very first client is Stephanie Barstow who wants Storm to represent her in a divorce from her husband Marty who will definitely contest it. Stephanie and her son believe that Barstow will be coming to the island shortly and they are proven right.

Barstow and his partner Steve O'Reilly are putting together a high stakes surfing competition The Intrepid where the surf is so high the only way the contestants can get to waves is by jet skis. The person thought most likely to win is Nahoa but he is killed when he is caught in a cave and then washed out to sea. His molars are missing as were those of another surfer who also drowned a short time ago. The police believe it is a coincidence but Storm, who knows the island legends, believes something about the contest is off kilter. When someone breaks into her home to see what information she has on her computer and discs, she starts her own investigation which puts her in danger and later almost gets Storm and Hamlin killed.

Readers get to see the real Hawaii through the eyes of the heroine, a headstrong, independent and feisty woman who is a good role model because she doesn't let anyone make her feel less than she is. Vivid descriptions of the island, a glimpse into the Hawaiian mythos and an exciting plot makes THE GREEN ROOM the perfect reading experience.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Green Room Nov. 1 2005
By caryn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Green Room

By Deborah Turrell Atkinson

In this the second mystery featuring attorney Storm Kayama , author Deborah Atkinson continues to give the reader a serious look into the "real" Hawaii. Rather than just setting her books in the islands, she has used the mystery format to place the most ordinary of everyday life into a historical and cultural context.

In The Green Room, Ms. Atkinson uses surfing competitions as the backdrop.

The son of Storm Kayama's new client is entered into the same high stakes surfing competition as Storm's cousin. While running the investigation for her client, Storm is able to reconnect with a part of her family that she has not seen in recent years. While the plot contains all of the twists and turns of a good mystery puzzle leaving the reader scrambling to figure out "who did it" before all is revealed, the true strength of the book is in the "extras."

When finished with The Green Room, readers will know a great deal about surfing, surfing competition, Hawaiian history, Hawaiian family traditions and much more Hawaiian folk lore-not all of it pleasant. One of the more interesting ancient folklore details involve gifts representing secret messages being sent to the various characters.

The Green Room is a solid follow up to the first Storm Kayama book Primitive Secrets. Hopefully there are many more in the series yet to come.

Oh, and what is the green room? There readers will know!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The suspense leaves you breathless April 18 2006
By Cindy Chow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In The Green Room, Storm Kayama's second appearance since Primitive Secrets (2002), the part-Hawaiian attorney accepts what looks to be an ugly divorce case and ends up in the midst of a North Shore surfing competition where the most promising contestant is being threatened by an ancient war club. Since Nahoa Pi'ilani is her cousin Storm finds herself both emotionally and professionally involved and surfing rivalries, ancient Hawaiian lore, and a hefty surfing prize all result in the perfect combination for murder. Honolulu resident Deborah Turrell Atkinson once again crafts a suspenseful novel with descriptions of the Hawaiian surf scene that will have the reader gasping for air.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch a wave...and a mystery Dec 8 2005
By M. Komatsu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Deborah Atkinson uses powerful imagery and well executed action scenes to create an enjoyable and engaging novel. A scary mystery, the competitive surfing culture and ancient Hawaiian folklore combine to give a unique experience. Storm Kayama, the main character, is so nice so effectively portrayed that I wish I could have her for my own best friend. Take this book, a glass of wine, a comfy chair, per-fect!

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