...you follow Carl Hiaasen, Dave Barry, Janet Evanovich, Tim Dorsey, etc. No, I'm not claiming to write as well as they do but I enjoy their books and incorporate wacky characters (think Barry's "Governor", Dorsey's "Serge", or Evanovich's "Grandma Mazur") into Molokai Reef.
...you are a sailor. The protagonist, Gybe, and his sidekicks in Molokai Reef are sailors. Mongoose sails a schooner, Andrea operates her business from a Lagoon 41 catamaran, Flyn singlehands a large monohull, and Gybe sails his 41' sloop. Compare Gybe with a less rigid and sailing Travis McGee.
...you visit or yearn to visit Hawaii. Set on Molokai with a side sail to Maui, the story incorporates Hawaiian history, current events, and travelogue.
...you are an environmentalist or anti-environmentalist. Without revealing the plot, genetic engineering and the Precautionary Principle play a role in Molokai Reef.
...you savor a good chuckle while reading a mystery. Meet Bill, the scarlet macaw and book marquee.
...you want to be the first on your block to discover and support a new author.
The sequel to Molokai Reef begins with Gybe dropping anchor in the Chesapeake Bay. Due spring 2010.