By J. Kent Holloway
Every once in a while, a book comes along that harkens back to a time when noir fiction was at its prime. A time when readers were enthralled with “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett and “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler. A time when these titles would have graced the tops of the charts and found a place on people’s nightstands. Kent Holloway’s “KillypsoIsland” is reminiscent of these great mysteries.
As I read, I could envision Humphrey Bogart playing the part of the main protagonist, Captain Joe, an ex-World War II soldier who has forsaken civilization and is living in the wilds of the Caribbean on the island of St. Noel. Captain Joe makes his living transporting Rum and other sundries for the right price. Along with Joe, we meet his friends: Trixie, a voluptuous saloon singer who is another transplant from the civilized world, as well as The Candyman and Angelique Lagrange—husband and wife and the island Voodoo Priest and Priestess, among other colorful characters. These characters become more vibrant and shadier with every turn of the page.
Holloway takes us on a raucous, fast-paced adventure full of international intrigue, island mysticism, and a bit of romance. With twists and turns on every page, this whodunit will keep you guessing until the very end.
If you’re a mystery lover or just someone looking for a great book, grab a copy and a Rum Runner complete with a tiny umbrella and a slice of pineapple, slide into the closest hammock you can find, and dive into a phenomenal summer read. Holloway has proven that he is not only one of our best paranormal authors but also an incredible mystery writer as well.