Author, lawyer, soldier and student of Hawaiian history, archaeology, myth, culture and mystery.

Robert McCaw grew up in a military family traveling the world. After graduating from Georgetown University, he served as a lieutenant in the US Army before earning his law degree from the University of Virginia. Thereafter he practiced as a partner in a major international law firm in Washington, D.C. and New York City — and maintained a home on the Big Island of Hawai’i. McCaw brings a unique authenticity to his Koa Kāne Hawaiian mystery novels in both his legal expertise and his first-hand ability to portray the richness of Hawai’i’s history, culture, language and people. McCaw lives in New York City with his wife Calli.

Your biggest literary influences:

James Michener, Daniel Silva, Michael Connolly, Barry Eisler, Greg Iles and Jane Harper.

Last book read:

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The book that changed your life:

Gideon’s Trumpet (1964) by Anthony Lewis. Many years ago, I read Lewis’s account of the landmark US Supreme Court decision holding that criminal defendants have the right to an attorney even if they cannot afford one. It taught me a lot about the legal process and equal justice under the law. The book had a profound impact on my law school experience and subsequent legal career.

Your favorite literary character:

Kya from Dalia Owens’s Where the Crawdads Sing is a recent favorite. I love her perseverance, her resourcefulness. Despite her humble beginnings, the formidable obstacles in her path, and the severe tragedies that befall her, she survives and thrives. In a society corrupted by discrimination and pettiness, she focuses on the beautiful in life and serves as a beacon of hope for all.

Currently working on:

The fourth novel in the Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery Series

Words to live by:

Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself!

Advice for aspiring authors: 

Own your material, write what you know, and make your characters deep.

Articles and Reviews:

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“[Off the Grid] sizzles with tension and twists that entertain and magnetize. Danger and drama abide, with a wonderful devil-may-care hero. Robert McCaw has the touch.” — Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author.

“In Off the Grid, Robert McCaw has fashioned the year’s most original mystery-thriller set, appropriately enough, in the equally original setting of Hawaii. He crafts a relentlessly riveting tale that races out of the gate and never lets up for a single minute or page.” — Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author.

“[Fire and Vengeance] moves with volcanic force to a heartfelt, gripping conclusion.” — Rick Mofina, USA Today bestselling author

Off the Grid is flush with action and vivid descriptions. This unputdownable book is sure to make a mark in the literary world.” — New York Journal of Books