|Dale Furutani: Jade Palace Vendetta|
Morrow. ISBN 0-688-15818-8
Matsuyama Kaze, noble ronin and fascinating protagonist of Jade Palace Vendetta, epitomizes all of these virtues and more. While seeking his lord's missing daughter, Kaze saves a merchant from a savage group of bandits. This act of compassion leads him into a dangerous landscape of deceit and violence.
Nothing is what it seems, and Kaze soon finds himself trapped in a treacherous maze of lies, villainy and murder. Only Kaze's razor-sharp wit and superb martial skills can help him navigate a narrow path between a vicious gang and an iron-willed matriarch determined to find her missing son regardless of cost.
Jade Palace Vendetta draws the reader in from the first page and doesn't let go until the tense ending. Elder Grandma, matriarch of the Noguchi family (cadet branch); Hishigawa, a rich, venal merchant; Enomoto, deadly captain of guards; Yuchan, Hishigawa's wife and Elder Grandma's granddaughter; and most of all Matsuyama Kaze himself came to vividly to life as the reader follows Kaze down the Tokaido road. Dale Furutani transported me so completely into ancient Japan, that when I looked up from my book I was surprised not to see rice paper walls and straw tatamis.
This is mystery writing at its finest. I'm impatiently waiting till the next book when I can step on that dusty road and travel with Kaze again.
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