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 …
Peace Corps Writers gave The Splintered Paddle a review. Here’s what they said: This is straight ahead action with one twist after another, lots of bad guys, a few really bad guys, and a few really good guys, all locked and loaded.
Kevin Tipple posted a great review of The Splintered Paddle at Kevin’s Corner.
Kirkus Review. “A private eye’s past comes back to haunt her . . . it reveals the dark underbelly of Hawaii and builds tension right up to the explosive conclusion.” A private eye’s past comes back to haunt her. At the tender age of 13, Ava Rome found her life changed abruptly for the worse when her …
Mark Troy’s The Splintered Paddle is a trip through paradise, but the windows on the bus are dark glass and a gun comes in a lot handier than sunscreen. You’re in good company, though–a kick-ass wahine and a haole who definitely needs his ass kicked are along for the ride–and Troy knows where he’s going and exactly how to get there. …
The Rules was my first venture into the world of audiobooks. I was a little concerned about how it would go, especially when it came to picking a narrator. Nobody in the world could match the voice of Ava that was in my head, but Julie Hoverson came as close as any I heard. I …
A review of The Rules
I really enjoyed Ava. She is a strong leading lady and she can definitely take care of herself and her principal. She takes charge of every situation and her training kicks in before she actively thinks about it. Loved that! She is a kickass heroine.
Chrizette Bayman, Just Reading for Fun
March 6, 2014
What a ride! Robert B. Parker’s legacy lives on with Mark Troy’s Ava Rome mystery, The Splintered Paddle. Splintered Paddle is a one-sitting read that crackles with energy and sparkles with Hawaiian personality. Troy’s characters are beautifully sketched and his dialogue is rich with the language of the island people who, despite today’s modern way …
Mark Troy’s The Splintered Paddle is a riveting novel of vengeance in the Aloha State. Clean, hard-edged prose, a complex plot, and some carefully planted surprises. Ava Rome is a tough private-eye with a difference. Check it out.
Bill Crider, author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series
February 20, 2014