Buddha Kiss by Peter Tasker

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Richard Mitchell used quick wits and a degree in Japanese studies to turn his job as a bike messenger in central London into a position as a securities analyst in Tokyo. Those wits should help make him a financial whiz kid - if his career isn't ruined first by his having to recommend the underwriting of a run-down company at the insistence of his new boss, Yazawa, a strange, mercurial man who seemed to appear out of the blue three months ago. Meanwhile, Kazuo Mori, a maverick private eye in the world's most conformist society, is trying to retain his independence as he investigates the murder of a friend's daughter. His inquiries seem to be leading him toward the radical Peace Technology cult - it's just that anytime he makes progress, somebody tries to kill him. Buddha Kiss is a thriller with echoes of the Kobe earthquake, the Nick Leeson/Barings scandal, and the Tokyo subway gas attacks - though it was written, uncannily, before any of these stories made news.

About Peter Tasker

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Published January 1, 1996 by Doubleday. 400 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Mitch, getting too close to the truth with his independent inquiries, is abducted and spirited to Oshima, an island in the Sagami Sea where Mori is undergoing indoctrination with other Peace Technology recruits.

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As Yazawa does everything in his power to intimidate and coerce Mitchell, Mori and Mitchell trace their respective cases up to the gates of the macabre Peace Technology cult and its charismatic leader, Ono.

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B+ Originally posted Aug 22, 1997 Published in issue #393-394 Aug 22, 1997 Order article reprints

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