Cover image for Honolulu play-off
Honolulu play-off
Miles, Keith.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
257 pages ; 23 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order



Alan Saxon flies to Honololu to act as best man at the wedding of a close friend, Donald Dukelow, an American golfer who has always beaten Saxon is play-offs. In the party are the groom's mother, who hates the idea of her son
marrying a Hawaiian beauty so much younger than him, and Dukelow's first wife, Heidi, a keen golfer and admirer of Saxon. Troubles start when Saxon and Heidi play a round on the Ko Olina course.

Things get rapidly worse that evening when Saxon and Dukelow have a meal together. They go on to a nightclub with disastrous results. Though Saxon manages to carry his friend back to the hotel, he finds him brutally murdered in his bed next morning. Since Dukelow has joked that he wanted Saxon there as a bodyguard, the latter feels guilty - especially when he realizes how easily he was duped.

To solve the crime and avenge his friend, Saxon has to investigate the Kaheiki family into which Dukelow was about to marry. When he lifts the stones, he does not like what he finds underneath them and he is soon in jeopardy himself. In addition to calming Heidi, consoling Dukelow's mother, keeping the police off his back, following his own lines of inquiry and dealing with the violent Nick Kaheiki, he has to keep one step ahead of two people who seem intent on killing him.

Indeed, it's almost as if they're involved in a play-off to see who can murder him first. Unaware of who either of his assassins might be, Saxon weaves, dodges and tries every trick he knows to stay alive. Hawaii is no dream holiday
for him.

HONOLOULU PLAY-OFF is a racy golf mystery with an intriguing Hawaiian cocktail of murder, suspense, deception and family conflict. It's thesixth novel in the Alan Saxon series.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Miles' latest Alan Saxon novel is the sixth in a series that never quite lives up to its promise. This time touring pro and golf-course designer Saxon journeys to Hawaii to attend the secret wedding of a fellow golfer. It quickly becomes clear that someone doesn't want the wedding to happen and is willing to kill to stop it. Saxon, thrust into the role of key witness and possible suspect, naturally tries his hand at investigation. The crime plot, involving a powerful Honolulu family, unwinds effectively, but the golf is mainly in the background, and Miles, who also writes historical mysteries as Edward Marston, continues to suffer from clunky dialogue. Still, he keeps the narrative moving well enough to keep our minds off most of the flaws. --Bill Ott Copyright 2004 Booklist