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Book Review- Night on Fire by Doug Corleone

Posted by mcm0704 on April 26, 2011 |

Tomorrow I am going to have a guest, Doug Corleone, who writes a mystery series set in Hawaii, featuring attorney, Kevin Corvelli. Doug will be sharing some thoughts on writer’s block that are pretty interesting. I hope you can come back to see what he has to say.


In the meantime, here is a short review of his book.

 In Night on Fire, hotshot Honolulu defense lawyer Kevin Corvelli narrowly escapes a deadly arson fire at a popular Hawaiian beach resort only to land the prime suspect – a stunning but troubled young bride charged with murdering her husband and ten others – as a client.

This is an entertaining read that really picks up momentum as it races to the end. There are some suprises at the end, so don’t think the story is over until you read the last word. The book is set in Hawaii, and while some landmarks are mentioned, as well as popular restaurants, I wanted a little more of a feel for the island. I’ve been there and the sounds and smells and breathtaking beauty of the island was missing in this story. But maybe that was because the story is in Kevin’s POV and that wasn’t important to him.

The mystery is a good one as Kevin tries to get his client off and find out who really killed her husband. Also very enjoyable is the relationship Kevin forms with the young boy he rescued from the fire. It is strong and well defined in the story without being too predictable or sappy.

The official release date for the book is today – Happy Release day, Doug.

Douglas Corleone is the author of the Kevin Corvelli crime series published by St. Martin’s Minotaur. His debut novel ONE MAN’S PARADISE won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. A practicing attorney, Douglas divides his time between New York and Hawaii. NIGHT ON FIRE is his second novel.

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FTC Disclaimer: The author sent me the book in hopes of a review, and a favorable one at that, I’m sure. But I made no promises. While I did enjoy the book, I derived no compensation for reading it. I didn’t even get to smell the wonderful perfume of the flowers on the island of Oahu. Why does Kevin not stop and smell the orchids? Maybe then he wouldn’t need his special medicine. You have to read the book to figure that one out.

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