Title: Hibiscus Blood
Author: J.E. "Buck" Ballow
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Reviewer: Lee Boyland
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0741438860
It's not so much a mystery as it is an adventure. The CID Operations Officer drops a bomb shell of a case on Agents E.Z. Behr and Charlie Bees. After numerous robberies in the back streets of Koza, Okinawa, the latest victim has been murdered. There are no witnesses, no physical evidence, no crime scene; they don't even know the victim's name. Walk the streets with them as they resolve the puzzle their way. You develop a case of human hoof and mouth disease; you walk and talk until it all comes together.
The author retired from the US Army after twenty-eight years of service, the last fifteen with the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). While in the military he spent twelve years in Japan, Korea and Okinawa. After retirement from the military he served eighteen years as a civilian supervisor of the Illinois State Police coordinatiing intelligence matters with local, state, national, and international agencies.