The Place of Refuge

About the Author

Albert Tucher is the creator of prostitute Diana Andrews, who has appeared in eighty short stories in such venues as THUGLIT, SHOTGUN HONEY, and THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2010, edited by Lee Child and Otto Penzler. Diana’s first longer case, the novella THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE, was published in 2013. Supporting characters from her world, which includes the Big Island of Hawaii, are featured in THE PLACE OF REFUGE, THE HOLLOW VESSEL, and the forthcoming novella THE HONORARY JERSEY GIRL, all from Shotgun Honey. Albert Tucher recently retired from the Newark Public Library.

Detective Errol Coutinho of the Hawaii County Police has a serial killer of prostitutes to catch and a shortage of leads to pursue. Office Jessie Hokoana of the Honolulu P.D. has an undercover assignment that tests her loyalties and takes her to the brink of death.

When their cases collide in the rainforest of the Big Island, family ties turn deadly, and there may be no pu’uhonua—no place of refuge—for anyone.


“Just when I thought there was nothing original to be done in a serial killer novel, Albert Tucher came up with The Place of Refuge to prove me wrong.”

—Reed Farrel Coleman, NY Times bestselling author of What You Break.

“This hard-boiled detective mystery has it all, edgy dialogue, fast pacing, shootouts and chases with a little bit of Hawaii 5-O thrown in. The perfect read for a cold winter weekend or a steamy summer night.”

—A.J. Sidransky, author of Forgiving Mariela Camacho

“Tucher writes about Hawaii like a native son, revealing a deep knowledge and respect for the soil and soul of the Big Island and surroundings.”

—Anonymous-9, author of Hard Bite and Dreaming Deep

“I’ve always enjoyed the work of Albert Tucher, but with The Place of Refuge he bull rushes his work to the next-level by balancing a lush setting with a deftly handled plot, all the while maintaining the humanity of his characters. Coutinho and Hokoana breathe and live on the page with a ferocity few writers can match.”

—Todd Robinson, author of The Hard Bounce and Rough Trade