Tuesday, January 16, 2018

One Thousand Cranes (The Yakuza Path #3) by Amy Tasukada

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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This story is told in Aki's POV. 
There's some treachery against him by some fellow recruits and an accident occurs. Aki wants to take it into his own hands not wanting to dishonor the family, but he runs out of time. Thinking he can deal with it the next day, only to find it's missing. 

On top of that he's also getting razzed about being "the bosses toy". For those of us that read the other stories know this isn't true, but Aki never defends himself for some reason. He's also afraid other recruits are after his job, so he ends up lashing out at the wrong person. On top of that, someone is trying to "frame" him and they're doing it in a manner that the Yakuza would never do it in. 

Just like Nao makes his tea to clear his mind, Aki makes his origami cranes. He usually donates them to a foundation that does chains, but this time it's for his own personal well being. If he makes a thousand, he gets to make a wish. I found this particular hobby quite intriguing. I have half a mind to pick up an origami book :)

Another thing is I love Aki's "flaws". He has a skin condition and I think that makes him stick out as a character. He's this sweet man who almost seems too soft for the Yakuza, yet he's so brave because it can't be easy living with the judgement from others like that. 

What didn't particularly please me with this book was the secret Aki is trying to hide, when it disappears he doesn't seem that freaked out about it. He just figures he'll "find it the next day". It's a pretty large object and quite important to lose. So the urgency wasn't there and I found that a little baffling. 

There's a few errors in the story, but being that I read the ARC version, I'm hoping those will be cleaned up before pub. I also felt a lot of repetition in feelings and wordage in this one, phrases used multiple times in a chapter. 

This book doesn't end on a cliffhanger or even an HEA or HFN really... more like we're just getting a continuation, as there's still loose ends.


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The Series

A bloody past haunts him. A devastating present calls him back…

Nao hides from his violent past in the Japanese mob by opening a teahouse in Japan's cultural center, Kyoto. His past comes flooding back when he discovers a gravely injured man with a tattooed chest, a bloody knife, and a Korean business card.

Saehyun would've died if not for Nao's help. He knows nothing of his savior's connection with the local mafia, but Saehyun has his own secrets. He commands the Korean mafia, the mortal enemy of Nao’s former syndicate.

As Nao and Saehyun grow closer, so does the strength of the Korean mob. A shocking murder pulls Nao back into a past he'd all but abandoned. War is looming, and Nao must choose between protecting Saehyun or avenging the honor of his old mafia family.

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A stash of drugs. A twisted cop. A mob on the verge of self-destruction…

Nao Murata is the new godfather of the Matsukawa syndicate. When Detective Yamada confronts Nao over a dead drug dealer, Nao knows his organization isn’t responsible. The Matsukawa doesn’t deal drugs… or does it?

When Nao discovers drugs in a locker owned by his syndicate, he no longer knows who to trust. With the police bearing down on the Matsukawa, Nao must make unlikely allies to find out the truth. Can he discover who is betraying him before time runs out, or will everyone suffer for a crime he didn’t commit? 

Better Than Suicide is the second book in a Japanese mafia thriller series. If you like complex plots, gripping suspense, and a splash of romance, then you’ll love the next installment in Amy Tasukada’s Yakuza Path series. 

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About the Author

Amy Tasukada lives in North Texas with a calico cat called O’Hara. As an only child her day dreams kept her entertained, and at age ten she started to put them to paper. Since then her love of writing hasn’t cease. She can be found drinking hot tea and filming Japanese street fashion hauls on her Youtube channel. 

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