Publisher: Self-published, ©2017
Author: Bill Fernandez
Pages: 267 pages
Softback; 6” x 9” x 3/4”
Based on the rape-murder cases known as “the Massie cases” in early 1930’s Honolulu, this novel exposes the two-tiered society of the favored white elite and minorities called “locals.”
Bootleggers seeking revenge threaten the lives of Grant Kingsley and his family. A white US Navy wife accuses five “colored” men of gang rape in Honolulu. The military demands martial law, an end to democracy in Hawaii, and a hanging of the five locals.
Twelve-year-old Dan Kingsley and his schoolmates strive to deal with the racial hatred caused by the rape claim and still remain loyal Americans. A Navy mob kills a Hawaiian defendant, increasing racial tension.
The action accelerates to its conclusion with a dramatic courtroom trial and battles on land and sea against the bootleggers.
“Bill Fernandez’s weaving together of adventure and Hawaiian history is nothing short of brilliant. Highly recommended. This is a terrific novel!” -Bill Bernhardt, author of the Ben Kincaid series
Bill Fernandez, half-Hawaiian retired California judge and former mayor of Sunnyvale, CA, graduated from Kamehameha Schools and Stanford University. He resides with his wife in his childhood home on Kauai and is the author of several novels and memoirs.