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Jade palace vendetta : a Samurai mystery
Furutani, Dale.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow and Co., [1999]

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222 pages : map ; 22 cm
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Sequel to: Death at the crossroads.
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In Jade Palace Vendetta, Kaze continues the search to find his lord's missing child. This time out, Kaze is waylaid when he saves a helpless merchant from a vicious gang of killers and soon discovers that everything is not what it appears. He finds himself trapped in a web of deceit and violence, where a veneer of propriety hides great evil. Only Kaze's quick wit and martial skills can save him and keep him on his quest to find the kidnapped child.

Author Notes

Author and businessman Dale Furutani was born in Hawaii on December 1, 1946. He earned a creative writing degree from California State University, and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

As a businessman, Furutani worked in the automotive industry, was president of a software company, and founded a consulting company.

As a novelist, Furutani won the Macavity and Anthony Awards for his first work, Death in Little Tokyo. After being named the first Asian American to win a major mystery award, Furutani went on to write his second novel, The Toyotomi Blades.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

The second installment in Furutani's samurai trilogy (following the Anthony Award-winning Death at the Crossroads) has a startlingly modern sensibility. As ronin Matsuyama Kaze follows the Tokaido Road in search of his beloved Lady's kidnapped nine-year-old daughter, he saves the merchant Hishigawa from a gang of bandits. The coarse but enigmatic merchant insists on repaying Kaze with a new sword and invites him to his home in Kamakura, where the merchant lives with Yuchan, his cherished young wife. But something is rotten in Hishigawa's sumptuous villa, and as Kaze acquaints himself with members of the staff, including the chief bodyguard, Enomoto, and the suspiciously powerful female "head of household," Ando, he gradually discovers the depths of the merchant's depravity. Furutani names film director Kurosawa as "an inspiration" for this novel, and it shows. Every gestureÄfrom Kaze's "gently cupping" his Lady's face as she dies, to the parrying of swordsÄis rendered with the unhurried care of a master craftsman. Even the novel's one truly surprising scene, when Kaze learns the secret of Yuchan's life in the Jade Palace, has a kind of visual poetry, horror and beauty nightmarishly juxtaposed. Like Kaze's miraculous new sword "the Fly Cutter," Furutani's pen is "light and lively," but capable of gross violence when necessary. Yet what makes this novel so poignant is that Kaze's Jedi-like purity and self-restraint seem outmoded even in 1603 JapanÄa time in which violence, sex and commerce proliferate, and 50,000 ronin samurai roam the countryside. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved