Tropical Doubts


Fiction - Crime
308 Pages
Reviewed on 09/05/2019
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Tropical Doubts is a legal thriller novel written by David Myles Robinson. Pancho had lost three criminal trials in a row and was starting to doubt himself. He had known this last client was guilty, but he had taken on the case for his best friend and private eye, Drew Tulafono, as a personal favor. On top of that, his girlfriend, Paula Mizono, had decided to take a job in Hong Kong, citing her concerns that they never seemed to have time to spend together. Things were about to get even worse for him, however, when he received the awful news that Giselle Delacruz was in a coma following a surgical procedure and would be brain-dead even if she did wake up. Manny and Giselle were like family to Pancho and had been so for the twenty years he had known them. Manny needed answers and wanted Pancho to find them for him. And while Pancho was not versed in the practice and procedure for medical malpractice cases, he was determined to do his best for his two friends.

Tropical Doubts is a fast-paced and well-written crime fiction novel that takes the reader through every step of the investigation, pre-trial and trial aspects of both medical malpractice and criminal law. I loved how carefully Robinson manages to do this while also keeping the story fresh, compelling and original. An added bonus with this book is the marvelous attention Robinson pays to sharing the Hawaiian environment and culture with the reader. I loved experiencing, if vicariously, Pancho’s time on his surfboard and his beach time in the tropical paradise he calls home. Robinson’s characters are finely delineated and credible, and his plot is solid and well crafted. Tropical Doubts: A Pancho McMartin Legal Thriller is most highly recommended.

Trudi LoPreto

Pancho is a criminal defense lawyer living in Honolulu and is very good at what he does. Manny and Giselle are close friends whom Pancho has known for many years. When Giselle has a necessary operation, it leaves her comatose because of poor decisions by the doctors. Manny comes to Pancho for help and legal expertise and, of course, Pancho cannot refuse his old friend. A case of malpractice and a civil case against the hospital and doctors are quickly set in motion. Dr. Takamine, Giselle’s doctor, has been poisoned and Manny is arrested as the murderer. Pancho must now change his focus and concentrate on how to prove Manny’s innocence. The case takes many turns, with several other possible suspects as it goes through the court proceedings. The constant questions throughout are, will Manny be proven innocent or will he be sent to jail? Will Pancho win the civil court so that Manny can bring Giselle home, hire a nurse and care for her away from the hospital? The answers to both of these questions will surprise, please, and disappoint, and make for a really suspenseful ending.

Tropical Doubts by David Myles Robinson is a really good crime novel. I really enjoyed this story and was disappointed that I couldn’t just hop on a plane and be there through the trial to offer moral support. David Myles Robinson created characters that jumped out of the book and felt like real life people. As I read Tropical Doubts, I was reminded of the many books and TV shows I had watched and loved of “Perry Mason” many years ago. Tropical Doubts, however, is modern and up to date and a really good read. If you like detective stories, crime novels and good writing, then Tropical Doubts is a must-read. I would love to watch Pancho, Drew and his friends every week on a TV show. I did not know that there were two previous Pancho McMartin books, but I am certainly planning on reading them and look forward to number four.

Rabia Tanveer

Tropical Doubts by David Myles Robinson is the story of a criminal defense lawyer living in Honolulu. Pancho is a strong character; he is aware and he knows what he should do and what steps he needs to take to meet an end. He is sure of himself and has faith in his abilities, which was a pleasant addition to the story. He is not arrogant or too full of himself. He is humble and ready to accept failure, but he is not ready to go down without a fight.

Pancho McMartin was enjoying a high of wins when suddenly his luck turned and he started losing cases. With him losing his cases, he began losing confidence in his abilities and maybe even hope for his luck to turn around. Hope comes in the form of a case from the husband of a friend. His friend, Giselle, is comatose and her husband, Manny, has hired Pancho to sue the doctors for malpractice. Now he has renewed hope for a better future. But there is a lot more to the case than meets the eye. Soon Pancho is deep into the mystery and he does not know how to achieve justice for his friend.

Although this is a crime fiction tale, the little glimpses of humor made the story even more interesting for me. The flow was great and the narrative was very evocative. I enjoyed how intense the story became towards the middle of the novel and how the author handled it. While I’m not familiar with the legal jargon, I enjoyed how the author made it easy to read. Pancho was an interesting character; he was intelligent and pretty awesome. I enjoyed Tropical Doubts very much.