Max Collins delivers again with The Pearl Harbor Murders. Collins mixes history with possible scenarios for page-turning action in the days leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. In this literary mystery, he puts Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs and son in the thick of espionage plots in beautiful Waikiki. His other "Murder" books also use famous authors who sleuth their way through famous disasters. You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy these mysteries, and you're sure to learn something new before you're done.
From AudioFile: "Max Allan Collins's novels merge history and fiction; THE PEARL HARBOR MURDERS continues this pattern, focusing on the bombing of Pearl Harbor. With Edgar Rice Burroughs as a key player, the book intertwines the events of December 7, 1941, with the murder of Asian singer Pearl Harada. Burroughs, an unlikely person to solve a murder, knew Pearl and finds her body. With his son Hully, he inquires into the death and finds a bevy of suspects, including many ex-boyfriends, racists, and others. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Book Description: Many believe a war with Japan is imminent, but author Edgar Rice Burroughs is too busy basking in the Hawaiian sun to pay the rumors much mind. That is, until he finds a young Japanese-American woman murdered on the beach.
An exceptional storyteller. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
The master of true-crime fiction. (Publishers Weekly)
Enjoyable novel featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs and his son Hulbert (Hully) in Hawaii on the brink of the Pearl Harbor attack. Burroughs is the author of the Tarzan series of books and has always been one of my favorites since I was a teen. In fact, I have a collection of his novels and still read them occasionally.
In this novel, Burroughs and Hully are trying to solve the murder of a beautiful half-Japanese singer two days before the fateful attack. The murder is thought to be an act of passion; however, Burroughs is able to connect it to Japanese agents working in Honolulu prior to the Japanese attack. This novel was a blend of fact and fiction. Burroughs actually was in Hawaii during the attack. The novel also includes actual personages of the time including General Short and Admiral Kimmel who were partially blamed for the unpreparedness of the navy and army prior to the attack. The Honolulu of 1941 was also well described and added to the story.
I also read Collins' The Lusitania Murders, the fourth book in this disaster series, a few years ago and enjoyed it as well. I'll be looking out for the others in the series. Overall, I would recommend this one.
Great murder mystery in the backdrop of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Edgar Rice Burroughs, author of Tarzan and many other wonderful vintage sci fi fantasy books, along with his son, Hulbert Burroughs gets involved in the murder of a singer who may or may not have been involved in Japanese espionage prior to the bombing.
Edgar Rice Burroughs solves a murder mystery while Pearl Harbor is attacked.