Kula (Surfing Detective Mystery, #3)by Published 01 Jan 1970
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Summoned to the Honolulu hilltop mansion of radio pitchman Barry Buckingham, presumably to trace his missing wife, the Surfing Detective is in for the letdown of his career. Kai Cook is hired to track another lost family member. A dog.
Despite his qualms, Kai would seem a natural for the case, since the golden retriever named Kula is a famous surfing dog. Yet the PI knows nothing about finding missing pets. But he does know where to find help—Maile Barnes, an ex-K9 cop and kindred spirit with the keys to unlock the dark underworld of animal theft in the islands.
Then a questionable tip takes Kai to a late-night rendezvous, his tipster winds up dead, and the detective himself becomes a suspect. Can he clear his name and find the murderer before he strikes again? The PI tracks the illusive retriever from O‘ahu to the Big Island to Maui, but the killer is one step ahead—other players linked to the dog’s disappearance keep turning up dead.
Is a ghost from Barry Buckingham’s past behind the murders? Or is Kai’s client just a misunderstood man with a lost pet? To solve this third case in the Surfing Detective series, Kai Cooke must do what he never does—take on a partner. Teaming up with the headstrong K9 cop is his only shot to liberate the famous surfing dog, who is somehow always at the center of this mystery.
"Kula (Surfing Detective Mystery, #3)" Reviews
I want to address the animal abuse segments of this book which apparently is causing a lot of folks to not even read the book. What this author did was to bring awareness to a very serious problem. We have a dog that was rescued from a puppy mill eerily like the one written about in Kula. In the book, these places are shut down, thanks to Kai's efforts. In real life, these puppy mills are still there. Should you read the book? That is obviously up to you. If you are interested in rescuing a dog, why not check with your local animal shelter or do a Google search for a specific breed. We got ours from Heart Bandits American Eskimo Rescue.
Animal Abuse and Murdering Lowlifes
Sometimes things are not what they seem. A lost dog turns out to be a story a lot more convoluted than what it first appears.
Due to warnings about graphic animal abuse in this book, I had avoided reading it for several years. I just read it and I’m glad I did. I am a dog lover and involved in dog rescue. While this book describes dogs living in horrific conditions in two different puppy mills, there is no violence directed at the animals. This book brings to light some of the problems with for-profit dog breeding and – SPOILER ALERT – Kai and his lady friend Maile succeed in shutting down both puppy mills, having the owners arrested, AND help get the dogs to a no-kill shelter. This author knows Hawaii. He writes authentically about the islands without waxing poetic - no flowery prose, just good, solid story telling. A well-paced tale of mystery and suspense without swearing, graphic violence, or graphic sex. A great story from beginning to end.
Doggone Good Tale
Chip Hughes' action packed writing gets your attention in the first paragraph and holds it through to the end. His descriptive writing style lets you see the characters and the scenery as if you were right there. I highly recommend Kula and I plan to check out more books in the Surfing Detective series.
Kula: Beautiful Name, Famous Dog
This is a great story! It is packed with lots of action, a few kidnappings, dognappings and a hero that is just trying to make a living. Enjoy this 5 Star Read!