Kill the Shogun by Dale Furutani
(Samurai Mysteries)

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In Kill the Shogun, award winning mystery writer Dale Furutani presents the latest in his popular samurai mystery series. He returns to the journey of Matsuyama Kaze, the masterless warrior destined to travel the seventeenth-century Japanese countryside until he fulfills the dying wish of his murdered lord's wife.Until now, Kaze's quick wit and samurai skills have enabled him to solve crimes, untangled himself from deadly schemes, and protect the innocent, all the while keeping his sense of justice and honor. But the danger now facing Kaze, from enemies known and unknown, is greater than ever.

Kaze is the closest he's ever come to fulfilling his quest to rescue his lord's kidnapped daughter. Following a trail of clues, he is led to Edo, the bustling new capital of Japan. Treading in unfamiliar territory , Kaze is the object of a deadly manhunt when an attempt on the Shogun's life fails. He must dodge his lord's rivals, even as he learns that the young girl has been sold into prostitution. In his quest to save her, Kaze teams up with an eccentric cast of local characters who bring feudal Japan to life. The samurai must clear his name and rescue the child as the odds against him grow.

With his sensitivity and stength, Matsuyama Kaze has been described by Publishers Weekly as embodying "both compassion and ruthlessness." Furutani deftly combines Kaze's compelling spirit,a complex plot, and an acute sense of historical detail to produce an exciting tale of one warrior's noble quest.

 

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 William Morrow and Imprint of Harper Collins. 340 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Under suspicion, with a whopping price on his head, Kaze takes refuge with a vegetable merchant, then with owners of a Kabuki theater, while dispatching numerous adversaries, including five ninjas and platoons of palace troops let loose by the Shogun’s advisors, as well as bodyguards protecting a...

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Anthony and Macavity award winner Furutani manages a fluid mix of cultural history and swashbuckling adventure--the swordplay conjures memories of Sabatini--in this concluding volume of the Samurai My

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Samurai Matsuyama Kaze's solitary quest to find the young daughter of his slain Lord and Lady, who figure in the previous two books, brings him to Edo (Old Tokyo), the bustling new capital of Japan, where fortune has made Tokugawa Ieyasu the new Shogun (ruler).

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