A Sort of Samurai

A Sort of Samurai In the immediate aftermath on an earthquake in the Kobe area a prominent German businessman is found dead in a disused warehouse and the obvious explanation is death by natural causes as there are no

  • Title: A Sort of Samurai
  • Author: James Melville
  • ISBN: 9780449208212
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In the immediate aftermath on an earthquake in the Kobe area, a prominent German businessman is found dead in a disused warehouse and the obvious explanation is death by natural causes as there are no signs of foul play But the body just happens to have been discovered by Superintendent Tetsuo Otani, who notices that the German s faithful dog still guarding the corpse In the immediate aftermath on an earthquake in the Kobe area, a prominent German businessman is found dead in a disused warehouse and the obvious explanation is death by natural causes as there are no signs of foul play But the body just happens to have been discovered by Superintendent Tetsuo Otani, who notices that the German s faithful dog still guarding the corpse has been cared for after its master s death Before Otani and his team of detectives can start to discover who done it they have to work out how it was done Could death have been caused by a rare judo hold called the hadaka jime the naked strangle If so, who was proficient enough in the martial arts to use the hold and why The answers threaten Otani s professional and personal honour.

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    1. I liked this book, it is by a white guy, but he seems to have true respect and deep understanding of Japanese character. The best part is the character development of the three main detectives: Superintendent Tesuo Otani, a quiet, reflective and intuitive man; Ninja, a thug-like detective, comfortable in the underworld and ready to break the rules, and Kimura a ladies man, comfortable with foreign women. All three are complex and likable, and it is refreshing to have realistic human’s to relat [...]

    2. Not my favorite of his books, although the attention to Japanese social mores is fascinating. It's interesting to see how different cultures view what's polite and what isn't. I also like how Otani, Kimura, and Noguchi are all becoming fuller characters, mostly by the things they do that aren't strictly by the book. A German businessman is found dead after an earthquake, and only a hunch by Otani prevents it from being considered due to a long expected heart attack. Noguchi's understanding of th [...]

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