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by Peter Tasker
ISBN 0752836765 / 9780752836768 / 0-7528-3676-5
Publisher Orion Publishing
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P.I. Kazuo Mori returns in Samurai Boogie, a mean, edgy thriller neatly rolled in the dark recesses of Tokyo's underworld. Times are tough for Mori-san: a slick, modern detective agency is marching in on his home turf, leaving the cynical P.I. desperate enough to pray to the gods for work. His answer comes in the form of Angel, a hot- headed, stiletto-stomping stripper trying to wriggle free from the vice-like grip of a Yakuza (mafia) thug, George the Wolf Nishio.
Just when he thinks his hands are full, Mori gets a mysterious call from the owner of a swanky Ginza nightclub and mistress to a senior bureaucrat at the Ministry of Health, Masao Miura. It seems that Miura died from "karoshi" or work exhaustion, but his lover isn't convinced. She thinks it was murder and the Mrs. was in on it. Enticed by the lucrative pay a murder investigation reaps, Mori takes the case--all the while, protecting Angel and warding off the brutish Nishio. Fun, fast and raw, Samurai Boogie thrills like Pokeman, satisfies like a sashimi platter and moves like a Ninja warrior: "Like a bee-sting on the balls! The ugly one spins round, spitting fury. Mori seizes the moment, uses it--front foot lashing fast and high. Wolf takes the impact just under the heart, goes staggering backwards, arms wheeling. The gun goes off, a blast at the moon." --Rebekah Warren [via]