#Review of #FiveDecembers by @JamesKestrel published by @HardCaseCrime

December 1941. America teeters on the brink of war, and in Honolulu, Hawaii, police detective Joe McGrady is assigned to investigate a homicide that will change his life forever. Because the trail of murder he uncovers will lead him across the Pacific, far from home and the woman he loves; and though the U.S. doesn’t know it yet, a Japanese fleet is already steaming toward Pearl Harbor.

This extraordinary novel is so much more than just a gripping crime story―it’s a story of survival against all odds, of love and loss and the human cost of war. Spanning the entirety of World War II, FIVE DECEMBERS is a beautiful, masterful, powerful novel that will live in your memory forever

I bought Five Decembers by James Kestrel purely on the strength of the fabulous cover art.

And wow what a book! A superb historical noir set across Hawaii, Hong Kong and Japan during the Second World War. Our main protagonist is Joe McGrady is a Police Detective who on the eve of Pearl Harbour, gets assigned a murder case that will mean he gets caught up in a war with Japan.

This book is written in a fantastic style, it’s easy to read, easy to follow and throughly enthralling, a sweeping epic that describes distant lands and one man’s journey, that he won’t rest from, in finding a murderer.

I loved Five Decembers, it’s is written in a style that is so descriptive it ran like a movie in my mind whilst reading. The plot and story are a gripping tale, that covers war, loss, love and finding oneself in a magical way, during the harshest of circumstances.

I’ve only recently started to read Historical Crime Fiction, but 8n Five Decembers I found a gripping and unputdownable 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read!

If you like Crime Fiction, Noir and WW2, then Five Decembers is the book for you.

Formerly a bar owner, a criminal defense investigator, and an English teacher, James Kestrel is now an attorney practicing throughout the Pacific. His writing has won advance praise from Stephen King, James Patterson, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Meg Gardiner, James Fallows, Pico Iyer, and numerous other authors. A sailor and world traveler, Kestrel has lived in Taiwan, New Orleans, and a West Texas ghost town. He lives in Volcano, Hawaii

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You can buy Five Decembers HERE