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Pago Pago TangoEnright knows whereof he speaks A ormer journalist or Fortune Time and Newsweek Enright spent twenty six years living on American Samoa Newsweek Enright spent twenty six years living on American Samoa college courses He is interested in cultural Live Bait folklore having studied it at UC Berkeley and weaves Samoan stories and cultural tidbits throughout his book Pelu believes in many of the old ways and actively practises them as part of his daily life This book saddened me at times as Enright describes many of the negative effects white culture and economic endeavours have had on the island The tuna canning industry represented by theamous Charlie the Tuna of Starkist No Strings Attached fame does not come offavourably in Enright s text of Starkist Fancy Strut fame does not come offavourably in Enright s text palangi or whites have been having considerable impact on American Samoa since it was used by the Navy in 1907 as a base A huge population of wild dogs a garbage plagued harbor with badly contaminated Northern California: A History and Guide - From Napa to Eureka fish severe damage to the island s reefsrom cannery waste declines in native birds and plants replaced by invasive species brought to the islands by white outsidersthe list of problems tied to white interference goes on and on There are two other books in this series I will be reading them to continue to Unbreathed Memories follow Pelu s career and to learn about his people s culture and to see if there are any solutions to beound or American Samoa s problems perhaps suggested by Enright based on his observations having made the island his home or almost three decades Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua in Tafuna American Samoa makes distinctions between crimes involving Samoan natives and those involving palangi white people pronounced puh LANG ee In the Graduates in Wonderland: The International Misadventures of Two (Almost) Adults former cases everyone knew what happened and why and usually the perpetrator would either be waitingor Apelu already collared and ready to confess or easily identified and apprehended Chapter 3 But with the palangi the police rarely knew what had really happened When someone breaks into the upscale home of SeaKing Tuna executive Gordon Trurich and his vodka swilling trophy wife Karen Apelu uickly realizes there are unknowns than usual First of all the mode of entry differed A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 from that of the recent string of robberies Secondly why would burglars take a VCR and 50 videotapes most just home made ones and then dump the VCR on the edge of the property but take the tapes The same tapes that Mr Trurichorgot to mention on the police report This narrative is set in the early 1990s And why did neither Gordon nor Karen Trurich report the357 that was stolen as well a gun later used in a shooting at a nightclub Later on even discrepancies and some mayhem emerge Apelu uickly realizes the case constitutes than a run of the mill burglary by teenaged gang members Himself a palangi who spent 26 years in the South Pacific John Enright has created a great protagonist in Apelu an imperfect man at odds with his people s missionary culture his religious and strict wife and his superiors at police headuarters Pago Pago is pronounced Pango Pango so that the title is said Pango Pango Tango that s perfect because Apelu I Love My Dad finds himself dancing a very intricate dance between palangi and native cultures between traditional views of honor and its modern consumerist bent between his own sense of justice and his strained relationship with his superiors between the overwhelming demands of his job and the needs of hisamily Enright has a great mystery with a suspenseful ending of course but what I really welcome was the chance to learn about American Samoa about which I knew virtually nothing Enright has created a valentine to with this debut novel while not shying away All about Us from the sordid aspects of life in a supposed paradise the subverting of native culture the destructiveness of inter village rivalries and resentments the corruption and nepotism involving the traditional chiefs As with the novels of Robert van Gulik Pago Pago Tango provided this armchair traveler a chance I d not otherwise get to see anotheraraway culture rom the insideThe next book in the so called Jungle Beat series Fire Knife Dancing appears later this month I can t wait or a return visit to Tafun. E evidence piles up Apelu Noni Speaks Up follows a tangled trail between cultures dead bodies hidden codes and a string of lies on his huntor the ugly truth buried at the heart of paradiseSet against the steamy backdrop of the Samoan jungle this thoughtful whodunit introduces a memorable new gumshoe to the ranks of detective ictio. .
Ain in this book with Enright as a guide I recognized Places He Describes places he describes government buildings the American National Park with its rickety cable car which somehow I ound the nerve to ride the hotel the cannery the airport the LBJ Hospital the local jail and its culture the small local shops and restaurants and It was recollection An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) for me while it will be a new worldor most American readersEnright has written a complex involved mystery centering upon a Samoan detective Apelu Soifua Pelu as he is called spent much of his childhood in San Francisco ollowed by seven years as a detective on its police orce before returning to his native island Pelu s life and detective work shows the tension between mainland and Samoan culture a tension mirrored in American Samoa itself His story develops slowly and involves a complicated series of events and crimes beginning with a small break in at a home in a compound reserved Wish Upon a Wedding for mainlanders which gradually escalates and becomes tied in through Pelu s efforts to murders and a large clandestine drug operationThe crimes and the manner in which Pelu investigates them show a great deal about island life even though Iound the story itself somewhat tangled and We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk forced The book is most valuable in describing the clash and accomodation of local and mainland American culture It discusses the importance of the cannery to Samoa s economy and the influx of different people on the island including Koreans New Zealanders and residents of other Pacific islands in addition to Americans Enright contrasts well the close communal character of traditional Samoan life and the interaction of the native population with the immigrantswho only rarely becomeully integrated long term residents of SamoaThe story has a wonderful sense of pla This was a pretty standard mystery set in American Samoa I ve never read anything set in this locale so the descriptions of island life and Samoan culture were really Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other fascinating to meDetective Sargent Apelu Soifua has been working the island beator the last ten years since he and his Richard Nixon: The Life family returned to Samoarom San Francisco to care I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! for his ailingather Dear old dad has since passed away and Pelu is now taking care of the amily land and working at now taking care of the amily land and working at local police station Things begin to go bad when he is asked to look into a burglary at a local palangi neighborhood The wife of corporate boss at the SeaKing tuna processing plant reports that her home has been broken into and some videotapes and a VCR have been stolen But something about the break in and the tapes that have gone missing doesn t uite add up Pelu begins his investigation and other odd incidents start happening around the island Gang violence crimes against other palangi mystery tapes showing up at the local video store all add up to an interconnected crime but Pelu isn t sure who to trustA decent mystery and a very interesting setting I would like to know about this area and will definitely be picking up the next in this series The crime part was a OK nothing special Detective Sergeant Apelu was a good character eminently likeable and his views of the palangis were uite humorous Some very interesting insights into the culture of the Samoans and the problems Puppet Master facing them due to their reliance on USunds and the scourge of Ice What a Swoon: The Heartthrob Activity Book for Good Color-Inners as Well as Beginners find this mystery turned out to be Iound it by accident as I was searching Janae (Blacktop, for booksor my Read Around the World challenge It is set in contemporary American Samoa and proved to be a welcome lesson in the culture and history of the island as well as a strongly plotted mystery I really liked the main character Det Sgt Apelu Soifua or Pelu or short A amily man with a scarred past as a ormer San Francisco cop and drug user Pelu has returned to his native island and reclaimed his life in order to become a dedicated ather husband and police officer He loves his culture at least most of it and worries about the impact of many decades of white culture and inhabitants on the island This book is as much about Samoan culture as it is a well constructed mystery And John. Er discussed solving crimes reuires a certainfinesseHere Apelu must walk the line between two cultures Samoan versus American native versus new And that gulf never yawns wider than when a white amily’s home in Pago Pago is burglarized And what appears to be a simple open and shut case turns out to anything but As th.

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Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua is somthing of a Samoan Columbo with his deceptive mannerisms disguising his keen mind I truly enjoyed this crime novel I raised my rating to 4 stars after reading this again As a crime novel it s ine compelling does the trick But I love this book have read it twice am continuing with the series because I work in American Samoa on the island of Tutuila where this is based From that perspective Enright does a superb job of portraying the culture history of American Samoa He should as he is ormer Director of the American Samoa Historic Preservation Office Historic Preservation Office didn t know that upon my irst read wasn t sure if he was getting all his Why Diets Make Us Fat facts right since I hadn t heard much of it before But I ve since been back to American Samoa learned of his past life listened again The I know about American Samoa the better this book gets It reminds me of Arthur Conan Doyle s A Study in Scarlet because much of thatamous book is less mystery than a primer in the history sinister nature of early Mormonism in the US Similarly Enright does a superb job of portraying the current state of American Samoan culture putting it in historical context I do love a pulpy detective novel that takes me around the world but than that I love when I can imagine every scene being described because I have been there know those streets Very well done I m on to the next in the series so ar know those streets Very well done I m on to the next in the series so Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, far s just as historically culturally exciting American Samoa is a place I am highly unlikely to ever get a chance to visit so I ll probably have to settleor armchair tourism and this debut mystery is my Everyday life in medieval times first visit The book is theirst of what looks to be a projected series North featuring Detective Sergeant Apelu a Samoan who spent his childhood on the island and much of his adulthood in the US This included seven years with the San Francisco Police Department which he was able to parlay into a job back in Samoa when he needed to come careor his dying ather The story kicks off with a bit of a bang in which Apelu is nearly killed while searching or a dead palangi Caucasian in a national park Thanks to that off the books investigation he is reassigned to trivial duties including a routine burglary call which entangles him in so This book nails the atmosphere of Pago Pago and American SamoaBrings back the Dead Giveaway feel of the place to me as I lived thereor a short time many years ago John Enright s Pago Pago Tango introduces readers to Samoan detective Apelu Soifua returned to the Island after serving on the San Francisco Police Department Soifua s department has his hands Andrew Lost In the Kitchen full with a spate of murders except Soifua has been assigned dealing with a robbery in a paalangi outsider in this and most cases American community Mystery readers will of course realize that a detective of Soifua s ability and the protagonist of the story won t be kept on the sidelinesor longMr Enright has written 4 tales in this series I ve enjoyed the Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism first two and hope that other readers discover him and his prized character Detective Soifua With aew readers I m sure we can be treated to a 5th and beyond book in the seriesRATING 4 12 stars upgraded to 5 stars where 12 stars are not acknowledged I had the rare good Nope fortune to have a job that allowed me to get to know the territory of American Samoa the onlylag Rejected Rejected Rejected flying part of the United States south of the euator I visited the territory twice and was impressed by the beauty of the islands and by the strong American patriotism of the people American Samoa has a uniue relationship with the United States which allows its inhabitants to practice the Fa a Samoa or the traditional Samoan way of life Samoa presents a challenging mixture of local and American valuesTheond memories I have of American Samoa led me to this new book
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Pago Tango by Enright Pago Pago the capital of American Samoa is pronounced Pango Pango Enright is a mainland American who lived in Samoa and taught at the American Samoa Community College which I visited Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison for many years before returning to the United StatesIt was a pleasure to visit American Samoa ag. Detective Sergeant Apelu Soifua spent seven years in the San Francisco Police Department where the job was just a job and solving crimes reuired cool detachment But back home on American Samoa life is personal especiallyor a cop Because on a small island where no one is a stranger and secrets are widely known but nev. ,