Following on the heels of his critically acclaimed début noir novel, KONA WINDS, Scott Kikkawa resumes his depiction of 1950s Honolulu Police Department Detective Sergeant Francis "Sheik" Yoshikawa, a Japanese American Nisei veteran of World War II. Handsome, street smart, literate, and haunted by memories of his military service in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Sheik must solve a murder case that begins with the discovery of a burned and dismembered body found in a sugarcane field. Investigating the victim's life to see who would have wanted him dead leads to a local communist study group that's being hunted down by the federal government. A compelling mystery with a breathtaking, unexpected ending.
"Scott Kikkawa's riveting new murder mystery, RED DIRT, transports readers back to 1953 O'ahu, when bodies were buried in cane fields, and a Red Scare rippled all the way to these territorial shores. Packed with colorful characters, intrigue, and masterfully crafted twists and turns, RED DIRT is an illuminating reminder of how much Hawai'i has changed, and how much it hasn't really changed at all."—Chris McKinney
Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies.
Scott Kikkawa is the author of KONA WINDS and RED DIRT, noir detective novels set in postwar Honolulu. He has been honored with an Elliot Cades Award for Literature and a crime fiction short story of his was selected as one of the "Other Distinguished Stories of 2021" in the 2022 Best American Mysteries And Suspense anthology. He is a columnist and an Associate Editor for The Hawai`I Review Of Books. Currently a federal law enforcement officer, the New York University alumnus lives with his family in Honolulu. CHAR SIU is his third full-length novel featuring Francis "Sheik" Yoshikawa.