NOVEL TEASER I
Joshua Hawke is an American man living in Osaka in the summer of 2004. His job is teaching English at a conversation school in Namba.
He is young, fit, does Karate training at the local dojo, and has a Japanese girlfriend. What could possibly go wrong?
NOVEL TEASER II
Tetsuo Tanaka is the current Oyabun of his Yakuza clan. Being the head of this Mafia family is as risky as it is rewarding. FBI agents are working in conjunction with the Japanese police force to bring him to justice. An ex-Yakuza assassin desperate for revenge is trying to kill him, and recently succeeded in executing his father as a way to flush him out into the open.
Then he discovers that his daughter is dating a foreigner: an American by the name of Joshua Hawke. Could things possibly get any worse? While smuggling drugs and female slaves into California on his yacht, his daughter is kidnapped. As his world begins to crumble around him, his rage boils over and he tries to salvage his empire and his reputation in a campaign of violent retribution.
NOVEL TEASER III
Mieko Tanaka has romantic feelings for her English teacher but, as the daughter of a Yakuza Oyabun, her options are limited. She knows that her father would be furious to discover that her boyfriend is a ‘gaijin’ – a foreigner. So far, she has managed to control her feelings, and set boundaries in her relationship with Joshua, but her resolve is slipping.
Raised in a traditional Yakuza family, and having had a strict upbringing with some tough experiences along the way, Mieko is conservative and strong-willed.
However, her love for Joshua Hawke is melting her once hard exterior. Can she hold back her feelings for him for the sake of her father, or will she follow her heart and give herself to Joshua? Whichever path she chooses may destroy her.
NOVEL TEASER IV
Kenichi Kobayashi was a top Yakuza assassin until he had a falling out with his boss. His home was rigged with explosives and he returned home to find his family dead, and the remains of his house still in flames.
Kenichi then discovered that the order had come straight from the top: the Oyabun, Tetsuo Tanaka. Now Kenichi is out for revenge. After violently executing the Oyabun’s father and his bodyguards in a bloody street side massacre, his next target is the Oyabun’s daughter, Mieko Tanaka.
Atop a Ferris wheel near Osaka station, an assassination attempt takes place. Mieko’s American boyfriend, Joshua Hawke, intervenes and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues throughout Osaka city.
NOVEL TEASER V
Ichiro, a man of mystery, a double agent of sorts, an enigma. Mieko Tanaka thought he was simply an ex-boyfriend who became her father’s right-hand man. The Oyabun, Tetsuo Tanaka, believed Ichiro to be a loyal Yakuza soldier, and made him second-in-charge. Joshua Hawke questions whether or not he can trust Ichiro, and wonders why so much of his background is unknown.
They are all surprised to learn that Ichiro’s family name, Yamada, is an alias. They are shocked when they discover his true identity. Ichiro is a man on a mission, but until now that mission has remained a secret. In order to succeed, he must tread a fine line between his role as Yakuza and his relationship with Mieko and Joshua. The risks to his life are many, but will the outcome be worth it?
NOVEL TEASER VI
Yuji Yoshida is seventy-five years old, lives in Osaka, and is extremely wealthy, but he is a haunted man. Mourning the recent death of his wife, he is also trying to discover what happened to his daughter, Hanako.
Once married to the Yakuza Oyabun, Hanako suddenly disappeared ten years ago. The Oyabun, Tetsuo Tanaka, claimed that she was killed in a tragic, train station accident in the city. Yuji Yoshida hired a private investigator, but he found no evidence whatsoever to back up this story. Strangely, the police files on the case seem to have mysteriously vanished. He believes the Oyabun had Hanako murdered, but he doesn’t know how or why. However, when the facts are revealed, he learns that the truth is much worse than that.
NOVEL TEASER VII
Frank Law and Will Truebody are American FBI agents, working together with Japanese authorities in Osaka, on a special international, inter-agency operation focused on the drug trade and human trafficking. Aiming to stop the smuggling of drugs and female slaves into America, they have traced the flow back to its source: a Yakuza gang in Osaka headed by Tetsuo Tanaka. After arriving in Japan, nothing appears to be what it seems. A foreign suspect may be innocent, a young gangster is revealed to be a spy, and the Oyabun’s daughter could be a potential ally.
However, Frank Law is a racist with a cynical streak, sees everything in black and white. Will Truebody is a bit more sensitive and intuitive than his partner, and believes that Joshua Hawke is an innocent man entangled in Yakuza matters due only to a sudden and bizarre turn of events. But will Joshua live long enough to testify for the FBI? Can they save him from an enraged Oyabun and a murderous ex-Yakuza assassin on the loose? Things just got crazy.
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