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Leopard [Hardcover]

Richard La Plante
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25 Nov 1993
Josef Tanaka, Japanese-American forensic scientist, returns to Japan for the first time in 15 years to attend his brother's funeral. It is here that he learns what even his father has been concealing - that Hiro had been brutally murdered. Despite warnings, he decides to find the killer.

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  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; First Edition edition (25 Nov 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316904104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316904100
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,520,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard La Plante began his working life as a special education teacher in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he spent a great deal of time playing the guitar and working on songs to the amusement of his students. Following his dismissal, he formed the rock band Revenge and toured and recorded till egos clashed and noses were broken.

His first book, Tegne, Soul Warrior, a fantasy-fiction novel, combined his longtime study of Japanese martial arts with his interest in metaphysics and love of adventure tales.

He wrote a sequel to Tegne, entitled The Killing Blow, then switched from fantasy-fiction to hardcore thrillers with a popular series featuring the characters Josef Tanaka, a Japanese-American medical examiner and shotokan karate master, and Bill Fogarty, an Irish-American police Lieutenant. Mantis was the first novel in the series, followed by Leopard, Steroid Blues, and Mind Kill.

A great deal of the money earned from his books ended up in the chrome and steel accessories that adorned his custom Harley-Davidson, a 1989 Springer, an obsession which became the inspiration for his motorcycle memoir, Hog Fever. Detours, written in 2002, continues the motorcycle theme and traces a solo cross-country journey ending in Sturgis, the famous motorcycle rally in the black hills of South Dakota.

Richard and his second wife, Betina, an accomplished photographer and mother of his two sons, built their first home from the ground up on a bluff overlooking Gardiner’s Bay in East Hampton, New York.

In 2004, the family moved to Ojai, a small town in the high desert of Southern California, where they built their dream home on a mountaintop, inspiring his latest memoir, Never Again: Building the Dream House.

Richard’s other interests include anything paranormal, western boxing, and competitive swimming.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 26 Oct 2013
By Galning
Really enjoyed this book

Josef is the son of a Japanese man and an American woman and, when he injures his older brother in a freak accident (leaving him a quadraplegic) his father can't hide his disappointment - causing him to head to America where he too falls for a Western woman.

The death of his brother, from natural causes (just before Josef's planned wedding) sees him back in Japan and having a crisis of identity. And then he bends over the coffin and his medical side (he's a Dr) kicks into over drive when he realises his brother's head has been poorly reconstructed with papier maché.

And so he is pulled into a world of organised crime. And the Leopard.

Can't say that I've read a book that focusses on Japanese culture before and I'm not sure how accurate it is. But the stranglehold of the various criminal factions makes for uncomfortable reading.

But a cracking book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twenty times better than Mantis 18 Jan 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mantis was formulaic and quite boring. This book is the exact opposite, and the Leopard was one of the most original/interesting villians that I have read about in a long, long time. Read this book ASAP if you love thrillers.
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