Sunday, June 15, 2014

What is Mark Troy reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Mark Troy, author of The Splintered Paddle.

His entry begins:
I'm reading two books at present. No-No Boy, a novel by John Okada, University of Washington Press, 1979, was originally published in 1957. It tells the story of Ichiro Yamada, a young man who returns to his home in Seattle after World War II. Ichiro had been away four years—two in camp and two in prison. The camp was a concentration camp in an isolated location where he and his family were sent for the crime of being Japanese, even though Ichiro was American by birth. The prison was a military prison where Ichiro was sent for refusing to be drafted into the army.

Ichiro was a "No-no." In early 1943, the U.S. government required all detainees to fill out a questionnaire to determine their eligibility to leave the camps. Two questions became known as the "Loyalty" questions. Question 27 asked if the respondent would serve in the armed forces. Question 28 asked the respondent to forswear allegiance to the Emperor of Japan. The questions were...[read on]
About The Splintered Paddle, from the publisher:
Waikiki‚ Hawaii. Golden sunshine. Waving palm trees. Sparkling blue water.

Private eye Ava Rome’s calling is to protect the defenseless. She takes on the cases of Jenny Mordan‚ a working girl who is being harassed by a police detective‚ and Cassie Sands‚ a teenager who is mixed up with a marijuana grower.

Norman Traxler did ten years in San Quentin nurturing his hatred of Ava Rome‚ the young MP who took him down for assaulting a prostitute.

When Traxler‚ the detective and the grower join forces against her‚ Ava’s calling — protecting the defenseless — becomes a fight for her life.

This dark thriller takes you on a tour of paradise tourists never see.

Waikiki‚ Hawaii. Dark clouds of revenge. Twisted motives. A bloody finale.
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