In this “sophisticated international thriller” (The New York Times Book Review),
an American antiques-dealer-turned-reluctant-private-eye must use his
knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San
Francisco—before he and his daughter become targets themselves.
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. “Readers
will want to see more of the talented Jim Brodie, with his expertise in
Japanese culture, history, and martial arts” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).