Tom Bradley Jr.
The lethargic daydreamer otherwise known as Tom Bradley Jr. has inexplicably had an award-winning career as a newspaper reporter and editor in San Diego County and in public relations in Las Vegas and San Antonio. In other words, he's done quite well at fooling people across the Sun Belt into believing he can write. Much less read.
For reasons known only to his professors (which may or may not involve bribes, booze and strippers), National University in San Diego found it in its heart to present him with a B.A. in Communications. Not to be outdone -- or out-duped -- Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., overlooked numerous, supremely more qualified candidates and practically gave Bradley an M.A. in Strategic Communication and Leadership. Fat lot of good that did them.
The authors Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey and Christopher Moore all share the dubious distinction of being among Bradley's favorites. As of this writing, he is not among theirs.
Bradley is a native Pennsylvanian, born in Hershey, and he currently resides in Las Vegas. Those factors combined may explain plenty about him. He also served in the U.S. Navy for several years, back in the days when their enlistment standards were considerably more lax than they are today.
The Kona Shuffle
When a commercial airliner belly-whomps on an abandoned Hawaiian airstrip, four nearly identical black backpacks—including one containing a small fortune in stolen gold and gems—end up in the wrong hands.
Private investigator Noelani B. Lee, hired by an unscrupulous jeweler to find the purloined baubles, soon finds herself matching wits with the scheming courier who lost the rocks and the double-crossing brothers he betrayed. But greed and bedlam ensue as the packs change hands, and Noelani realizes anyone—a coddled college kid, the Pacific Rim's premier foot model and her baseball-player husband, a local restaurateur and her half-Scottish, petty-thieving son—could have the valuable stash.
With help from her gregarious cousin and her own gift for disguise, Noelani sorts through the avarice to find the pilfered jewelry—while she decides what to do about some embarrassing secrets she uncovers along the way.