What a great first novel, I can't wait for the next one. I love the history of the Samurai and three rare swords made by a master craftsman: Inazuma. The author appears to have a great insight on Japanese history which brings the story to life. This is the beginning of what looks to be an exceptional series, I just hope I get the chance to review the rest of them.
There are three blades made by a master craftsman over 800 years ago. You have Beautiful Singer, Glorious Victory, and Tiger on the Mountain. Each sword has a story to tell and this one appears to be the story of Beautiful Singer first and foremost, with a back story of Glorious Victory and Tiger on the Mountain. Beautiful Singer is cursed with the spirit of a Geisha who was denied fidelity by her lover. Once she died, her soul inhabited Beautiful Singer, any man who touches her will eventually be destroyed by her.
Mariko is the only female detective of narcotics in the Tokyo Police Department and she finds herself smack dab in the middle of the intriguing history of these three blades. It all started with the near theft of Glorious Victory from Professor Yasuo Yamada. During the investigation, Mariko will be taken to the underbelly of the Tokyo drug trade and study swordsmandship under Professor Yamada. Where will her investigation and her study of swordsmanship take her?
Read this story to find out and you won't be disappointed. It is rich in all aspects of Japanese history. I was totally enchanted from the beginning and couldn't put it down.
Mariko Oshiro is not your average Tokyo cop. As the only female detective in the city’s most elite police unit, she has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. While she wants to track down a rumored cocaine shipment, he gives her the least promising case possible. But the case—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.
The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it. Or so says Yamada, and though he has studied swords and swordsmanship all his life, Mariko isn’t convinced.
But Mariko’s skepticism hardly matters. Her investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.