Death at the Crossroads by Dale Furutani
A Samurai Mystery (Samurai Mysteries)

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Matsuyama Kaze is a "ronin," a Japanese knight errant. Kaze must travel across Japan until he fulfills a promise made to his dying Lord and Lady -- to find their nine-year-old daughter. As this masterless samurai searches the countryside, he is caught up in a series of mysteries that test his strength and skills as well as his Confucian training.

Kaze stumbles upon a corpse shot with an arrow at the crossroads leading to a small town. He becomes embroiled with an unlikely -- and untrustworthy -- cast of characters, who are as colorful as they are crafty. Each has secrets to keep and axes to grind, and it will take all of Kaze's subtlety, stealth, and Samurai skills to unravel the mystery and unmask the killer.

Richly atmospheric, filled with historically accurate detail, Death at the Crossroads evokes the world of long-ago Japan and the often lonely life of an honor-bound warrior. It's a spellbinding, deeply satisfying mystery that will leave readers hungry for the next chapter in Matsuyama Kaze's journey of adventure.


About Dale Furutani

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Author and businessman Dale Furutani was born in Hawaii on December 1, 1946. He earned a creative writing degree from California State University, and an M.B.A. from UCLA. As a businessman, Furutani worked in the automotive industry, was president of a software company, and founded a consulting company. As a novelist, Furutani won the Macavity and Anthony Awards for his first work, Death in Little Tokyo. After being named the first Asian American to win a major mystery award, Furutani went on to write his second novel, The Toyotomi Blades.
Published October 11, 2011 by Morrow & Co.. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Science & Math. Fiction

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While Nagato's boss, Yamato District Lord Manase, is eager to crucify Jiro, the charcoal seller who came upon the body just before Kaze did, he graciously allows Kaze a few days to investigate: ""It's all the same to me which villager is killed for this murder.

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The Anthony and Macavity Award-winning author of Death in Little Tokyo (1996) and The Toyotomi Blades (1997) moves back in time with his third mystery, a quietly reflective historical puzzler set in e

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He exercises his samurai skills in martial arts, in cultivated patience and in cunning intelligence through which he understands the obvious and hidden links among the local peasants, the petty village officials, its Lord and the band of local outlaws whose power has recently increased.

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The man, Jiro, is a poor charcoal seller in the local village;

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