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Many thanks go out with my deepest gratitude, but all the errors are mine. I probably made them intentionally for literary purposes. Yes, that must be it.

Thanks Mom, my first editor and number one champion. Thank you to my brother, Dave Farris, who provided enough computer info so I could make up the rest. Thank you to Sisters in Crime as an organization, and to the Central Coast Chapter who critiqued and supported. Thank you to my personal editor, Margaret Searles. Thanks to the writers who encouraged me: Rich Barre, Earlene Fowler, Dale Furutani, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Babs Lakey, Kris Neri, Gary Phillips, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

Mahalo to the Honolulu Police Department who gave me tours and answered endless questions, especially--Joanne Furuya, the head of the crime lab, Brian Punzal in the jail, Mary Souza and Sgt. Daniels in Evidence, Susan Starrett, Chief Investigator with the Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office, and special thanks to Sgt. Kathleen Osmond.

Blessings to Leona Evans who said nothing is too good to be true.

Thank you to Sandy Cummins at Writers Exchange E-Publishing.

Chapter 1

Aole ona hemahema e pono ai

ke hoike aku kekahi ia ia i ko ke

kanaka: no ka mea, ua ike no ia

i ko loko o kanaka. IOANE II Mokuna 25

And need not that any should

testify of man; for he knew what

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