Coutinho on the case!

January 2nd, 2015 14:20 by Albert Tucher

In the rainforest of the Big Island of Hawaii, a young woman's obsession with revenge reopens a closed murder case and threatens to ruin lives, and it's Detective Errol Coutinho's problem. The story is A Pocketful of Sand, and it's in the Winter 2014-2015 issue of Needle, a Magazine of Noir.

I have written before about my fascination with the Hilo side of the Big Island and especially with the Puna region. Sparsely populated and lightly policed, the rainforest is home to marijuana farmers, meth dealers, survivalists, fugitives and Sixties holdovers. I know of no author who has used the setting, which is a natural for dark crime fiction.

The issue is here.