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By Shelbi LeMeilleur

The Splintered Paddle by Mark Troy
In Hawaii, the Law of the Splintered Paddle is simple – protect the defenseless. Mark Troy’s 2014 mystery novel, The Splintered Paddle, is aptly named. The main character, Ava Rome, has one goal – to protect the defenseless, just as the law suggests. However, this concept isn’t always easy for Ava, who soon finds herself wrapped up in a messy scheme and a fight for her life.

The Splintered Paddle is available in hardcover or eBook. This novel is exhilarating, constantly changing directions and keeps the readers on their toes, trying to solve the mystery before Ava does. Ava finds herself protecting Jenny Mordan, a hooker who is assaulted by a corrupt police detective, Ron Nevez. Meanwhile, Norman Traxler, whom Ava put behind bars several years ago, is trying to put an end to Ava’s life. Ava juggles both of these situations while trying to help a friend’s daughter, Cassie, who finds herself wrapped up with a marijuana dealer, Alvie Wong. Is it possible that all of these things are connected? Well, book a ticket to sunny Hawaii, and join Ava Rome on an adventure you won’t soon forget.

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