A Thriller

Book - 2013
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San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie receives a call one night from a friend at the SFPD: an entire family has been senselessly gunned down in the Japantown neighborhood of the bustling city. As an American born and raised in Japan and part-owner of his father's Tokyo private investigation firm, Brodie has advised the local police in the past, but the near-perfect murders in Japantown are like nothing he's ever encountered.

With his array of Asian contacts and fluency in Japanese, Brodie follows leads gathered from a shadow powerbroker, a renegade Japanese detective, and the elusive tycoon at the center of the Japantown murders along a trail that takes him from the crime scene in California to terrorized citizens and informants in Japan. Step by step, he unravels a web of intrigue stretching back centuries and unearths a deadly secret that threatens not only his life but also the lives of his entire circle of family and friends.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451691702
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 400 pages ;,24 cm


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Mar 28, 2015

Page 281: "Juniper Sierra Boulevard" is a non-existent San Francisco street. The correct name is "Junipero Serra Boulevard."

Noodle-by-noodle descriptions of Noda's eating recur and recur. Why bore the reader?

May 01, 2014

Well written, with a good feel for Japanese culture but there is a big BUT. The main character has some martial arts training with some added street fighting experience. Through-out the entire book he is up against a ninja-type clan with thirty generations of fighting training and unlimited financial resources. They are supposed to be the badest killers ever. Single-handedly he defeats them one on one or in groups plus the most improbable luck and chance are always on his side. Once or twice, OK: he's the main character and the reader is on his side but when EVERY time he is up against these world-class ninjas he wins, it becomes actually boring. The book turns into the worst novel of wish-fulfillment I have ever read.


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