Daughter of the Sword by Steve Bein
A Novel of the Fated Blades

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As the only female detective in Tokyo’s most elite police unit, Mariko Oshiro has to fight for every ounce of respect, especially from her new boss. But when he gives her the least promising case possible—the attempted theft of an old samurai sword—it proves more dangerous than anyone on the force could have imagined.
The owner of the sword, Professor Yasuo Yamada, says it was crafted by the legendary Master Inazuma, a sword smith whose blades are rumored to have magical qualities. The man trying to steal it already owns another Inazuma—one whose deadly power eventually comes to control all who wield it.
Mariko’s investigation has put her on a collision course with a curse centuries old and as bloodthirsty as ever. She is only the latest in a long line of warriors and soldiers to confront this power, and even the sword she learns to wield could turn against her.

About Steve Bein

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Steve Bein teaches Asian philosophy and Asian history at SUNY Geneseo. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and earned a third degree black belt and a first degree black belt in two American forms of combative martial arts. Author website: philosofiction.com
Published October 2, 2012 by Roc. 475 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The operation proves unexpectedly fruitful, however, when Mariko is able to strongarm the dealer into becoming a Confidential Informant – and he reveals that a yakuza player is planning a major move to start distributing cocaine in Tokyo.[1] Unfortunately for Mariko, her misogynistic new boss wil...

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Bein’s gripping debut is a meticulously researched, highly detailed blend of urban and historical fantasy set in modern Tokyo.

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Each sword has a story to tell and this one appears to be the story of Beautiful Singer first and foremost, with a back story of Glorious Victory and Tiger on the Mountain.

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