Another review! This one in the New York Journal of Books. The reviewer calls it “Hawaiian Noir” and has this to say:
A taunt, well-written suspense novel ending in a violent confrontation . . . The Splintered Paddle by Mark Troy is Hawaiian Noir at its best.
I googled “Hawaiian Noir” and found the 1953 movie Hell’s Half-Acre, starring Wendell Corey and Evelyn Keyes. The title refers to the red light district of many towns and cities, this one, Honolulu. Who knew there was a sub-genre called Hawaiian Noir? Okay, it’s a small club, but it’s nice to be one of the best.