Yakuza Path ~ Book 3
Author: Amy Takusada
Release Date: 12 December 2017 Price: £2.99 $4.03
Reviewed by: Felices
Cover Art: The cover art is similar to previous books in the series. The title is in a deep burgundy-red in a large upper case font with the series title and author name above in a smaller font. Beneath the title is an origami crane which fits in with the story.
Synopsis: Sets the scene very well although may perhaps give a little too much away.
Plot: After an evening out among ‘friends’ Aki gets into a fight during which Shoda one of the ‘friends’ pulls a knife. During the struggle Shoda ends up being stabbed and in his panic Aki hides the body. Later on going to dispose of the body he discovers it has gone missing. Now he needs to find out who discovered his secret and put everything right before he loses his position as secretary to the Yakuza godfather.
Main Characters: Aki Hisona, the secretary to the godfather who is trying to protect his position as secretary to the godfather who he is also in love with.
Nao Murata, the godfather of the Yakuza triad
Secondary Characters: Shoda the ‘victim’, Fuse who shares a room with Aki plus other lesser characters who contribute to the story. They are ‘friends’ with Aki but jealous of his position in the triad.
Flow/Continuity: This story flows seamlessly from scene to scene.
Conflict & Climax: Aki is struggling to keep his secret that he was the one who accidentally killed Shoda and needs to find out who stole the body before he is found out. The mystery is solved but we are left on a bit of a cliff edge whether Aki and Nao ever get together.
Writing Style: Written in the third person past tense which is easy to read.
Editing/Formatting: No errors in the book, tidy formatting with neat margins and new chapters starting on a fresh page. No extra white space.
Price: Average price for a book of this length.
Conclusion: A well written story. We have an accidental murder and we know who did it, the mystery is who found out and is out to get our hero.
I give this a 9* mark out of 10.
When a body goes missing, a young Yakuza’s life hangs in the balance…
Aki Hisona’s latest promotion is a cause for celebration. But because his new job is working as the personal secretary for the Yakuza’s Kyoto-based godfather, it’s also a cause for dangerous envy. He takes an invitation from a friend for congratulatory drinks, but Aki never thought the night would end with a deadly knife fight…
Aki is tasked with disposing of his friend’s corpse, but there’s one problem: the body is missing. As body parts surface around town, it’s only a matter of time before the police piece together the clues. But keeping one step ahead of the cops may not matter if Aki can’t solve the mystery before his cold, unforgiving godfather boss does…
The Yakuza Path: One Thousand Cranes is a pulse-pounding standalone thriller in the ongoing series of Japanese mafia stories. If you like gritty settings, page-turning whodunits, and accurate portrayals of Kyoto traditions, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s gripping tale.
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