Friday, June 29, 2012

{Review} Loco Moco: A Darby Stansfield Thriller by Ty Hutchinson

ISBN #: 978-1477572719
Page Count: 296
Copyright: June 6, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace

(Taken from Amazon)

The world's only consultant to the criminal underworld has just experienced his closest brush with death yet, and wonders if it's time to quit the biz.

In need of some serious soul searching, Darby Stansfield and his girlfriend, Izzy Weber, set off for a summer surfing adventure in Hawaii. But what the land of Aloha offers instead, is the same temptations he's eager to escape - one in particular, the North Beach Boys. Hoping to resist the lure of the local gang, Darby focuses on improving his relationship with Izzy. All is fun in the sun until their beach house is broken into.

From there, the mysterious threats begin to escalate, forcing Darby and Izzy to hire a local private detective. Between the PI working the case and the security improvements made around their place, the ideal summer appears to be back on track. Wrong.

What they don't realize is that a stranger is watching them and someone is going to die.

Charlene's Review:

In book three of the Darby Stansfield series, Darby decides it may be time to go legit. With his girlfriend, Izzy, Darby uses his savings to book a vacation in Hawaii, and take some time to decide on his next business move. Immediately welcomed to the island by locals, Darby and Izzy are enjoying the surf and their time together. Unfortunately, when Darby heads back to the States for his monthly business meeting, Izzy is attacked in their rental home. As Darby looks around for the attacker, he finds out his reputation as the telecommunications consultant of the underworld has proceeded him to the island, and the North Beach Boys, or NBB, want his services for their gambling and petty crime.

Once again involved with a gang, Darby is caught up in mysterious happenings that escalate, especially in his absence, against Izzy. Darby hires a Private Detective and works hard to keep his business dealings a secret, especially from Izzy's father, a retired FBI agent. Looking to marry Izzy, Darby is assured that its time to get out of the criminal dealings with the gang, but as the crimes against them continue, it looks as if it might be too late.

Another exciting book in the series, Moco Loco adds a new element in the person of Izzy. She is a feisty lady that perfectly complements Darby's lifestyle. I will admit, whether I am just more familiar with Mr. Hutchinson's style, or he gave a few too many subtle clues, I figured the mystery person out fairly early in the story. It still had many twists and turns, and an incredibly interesting ending that I did not see coming. Loved the entire series! It also gave me a whole new view of food, as I find I'm wanting to try the Loco Moco. I am definitely going to look up his other books, and, note to Ty, would love to see more of Darby. He is just too quirky to stay out of trouble. Keep 'em coming!

*A physical copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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