on 5 October 2012
I 'bought' the first book in this series (Mantis) as a free book, and was so impressed that I immediately paid for this one, the next in the series. I don't like to give anything away about the storyline, so I will just say that this author writes quality stories that are both compelling and disturbing (there is some graphic violence). Every character is beautifully drawn and I see and understand them clearly. Writing a story is not just about putting words together, for the story to come alive and make the reader care about what happens, real skill must be employed. This author (Mantis is their first book) has already proved to me that they have this gift.
on 26 October 2013
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.