Eric (Ric) Redman was born in 1948 and grew up in Seattle, the youngest child of a lawyer and a civic leader. As a scholarship student he was educated at Phillips Academy (Andover), Harvard College, Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Harvard Law School.
He began writing for newspapers and magazines in high school and college, and wrote the nonfiction best-seller The Dance of Legislation at age 23 after serving as an aide to US Senator Warren G. Magnuson (D-WA). Nearly 50 years later, that book is still in print. For five decades he has continued writing for newspapers, magazines, law reviews, and as a contributor of chapters to books edited by others.
Meanwhile, from 1975 through 2007, he also worked as a lawyer in the electric power sector in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, and for the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Beginning in 2001, he began focusing on the climate impacts of the energy system, and eventually became CEO of Summit Power Group, an independent developer of climate-friendly power plants, including wind, solar, and carbon capture projects. He and his wife helped sponsor the first scientific research expedition to study the climate impacts of soot (black carbon) in the Arctic.
Since 2014 he has worked as a consultant and lawyer for climate-friendly technology companies, and as a Senior Policy Fellow for Deep Decarbonization at the University of California San Diego’s graduate School of Policy & Strategy, where he also helps teach a graduate course on Real World Problems of Energy & Environment. His board memberships include the Northwest African American Museum, Earth Talk, and the Global Carbon Capture & Storage Institute. He chairs the Global CCS Foundation.
In the early 1980s, he fell in love with the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, its people – including his wife’s Native Hawaiian relatives – and its history. He and his wife owned a home on the South Kohala Coast of the Big Island for twenty years, where he assembled a library of Hawaiian history.
When his brother in law Tom Wales, an Assistant United States Attorney, was murdered in Seattle in 2001, Redman began writing Bones of Hilo for catharsis and escape. It took twenty years to bring the book to fruitition. Its release date in hardback, Kindle, and audio book editions by Crooked Lane Press is June 8, 2021.
(Author photo by Karen Ducey)
(The murder scene in Bones of Hilo)
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A young detective from Hilo on the wet, working-class side of Hawaii’s Big Island, Kawika Wong faces a battle to gain the respect of his more seasoned colleagues. And he has a great career opportunity when Ralph Fortunato, the Mainland developer of an unpopular resort in South Kohala on the island’s dry and touristy side, is found murdered on a luxury golf course, an ancient Hawaiian spear driven through his heart.
With other detectives desperately trying to solve another string of grisly killings, Captain Terry Tanaka sends his half-Hawaiian protégé Kawika to investigate. As Kawika joins forces with his Hawaiian father and girlfriend to read the cultural signs and make sense of the ritualistic murder scene, they uncover a cache of secrets reaching far back into the Island’s ancient past – and well beyond the Island itself. The San Francisco journalist who finds the body has her own attractions for Kawika, and her own theories about Fortunato’s demise – but do they line up with the evidence?
On a perilous journey that stretches from the Big Island to the North Cascades of Washington and back, Kawika and those around him find danger at every turn. He still has much to learn about history and lies, loyalty and betrayal, truth and fiction, race and revenge, and even about Hawaii itself, both old and new. And he’d better learn it fast, because his instincts and skills may not be enough for him to catch a savvy killer who’s determined to catch Kawika first.
— James Fallows, bestselling co-author of Our Towns
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Rolling Stone Magazine (Issue no. 182 / March 13, 1975) “Did Nixon Legally Win the 1968 Election”
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Eric (Ric) Redman is a Seattle-based writer, lawyer, and climate activist. He is a former contributing editor of Rolling Stone and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and many other publications. He also wrote the non-fiction bestseller The Dance of Legislation.