New from Down & Out Books: SPLINTERED LOYALTY by Mark Troy

TAMPA, Fla. - May 8, 2023 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that SPLINTERED LOYALTY, an Ava Rome Mystery by Mark Troy, has been published on May 8, 2023 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Seventy-five years following the internment of Americans of Japanese ancestry, an elderly Nisei hires Ava Rome to find out how his best friend, a Japanese-American Buddhist priest, died in the Tule Lake Internment Camp.

In the course of her investigation she uncovers another cold case, the rape and murder of a Japanese-American teenager on the eve of the Pearl Harbor attack. Was the same person responsible for both crimes? Ava suspects so. She travels to the Tule Lake site in Northern California where an attack on her life proves that the cold cases are deadly hot. Other people close to the case are murdered on orders from a powerful individual, whose reach stretches from Hawaii to halfway across the continental United States, and who will kill to keep the past secret.

Returning to Honolulu, Ava experiences a devastating act of betrayal before solving the murders and revealing a seven decades-long history of evil.

Advance praise for SPLINTERED LOYALTY …

"A non-stop thriller with a strong back story of people caught up in the World War II internment of Americans of Japanese descent in Hawaii." —Terry Shames, Macavity Award-winning author of the Samuel Craddock mysteries

"Ava Rome is a great protagonist—hard-boiled and humane—who tackles historical injustice with style in this multifaceted thriller. A gripping and satisfying read." —Tom Mead, author of Death and the Conjuror

"Mark Troy's Splintered Loyalty is one part Cold Case Files mixed with two parts Magnum, PI. Ava Rome is sexy, tough and enjoys a good vodka (or three.) If I'm ever in trouble in Honolulu, she's my first phone call." —Tim O'Mara, author of the Raymond Donne series

Meet the author …

Mark Troy writes "Hawaiian noir" stories featuring Ava Rome, a tough-minded wahine private eye who walks the mean streets of a paradise tourists seldom see. Mark is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Thailand) and a graduate of the University of Hawaii, now retired from Texas A&M University. He is a marathoner, cyclist, and former skydiver who, when not spilling blood on paper, mixes knock-you-on-your-ass tiki cocktails and strums Hawaiian hulas on a 'ukulele.

In its twelfth year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact

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