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"San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father's Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and consulting on Brodie Security's caseload at home and abroad. One night, an entire family is gunned down in San Francisco's bustling Japantown neighborhood, and Brodie is called on by the SFPD to decipher the lone clue left at the crime scene: a unique Japanese character printed on a slip of paper drenched in blood"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2013.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451691696
Branch Call Number: LANCET B
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 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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