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A Sort of Samurai (Otani) e-book

by James Melville

A Sort of Samurai book.

A Sort of Samurai book. 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 relate I liked this book, it is by a white guy, but he seems to have true respect and deep understanding of Japanese character.

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ISBN 10: 0708908721 ISBN 13: 9780708908723. Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd, 1982. When the body of a German businessman is found in a disused warehouse in the aftermath of a local earthquake, Superintendent Otani and his trusted detectives - the streetwise 'Ninja' Noguchi and the flamboyant Jiro Kimura - believe it to be a routine investigation, albeit into the murky side of Western behaviour.

1981) (The third book in the Otani series) A novel by James Melville. 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. March 2014 : UK Paperback.

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Superintendent Otani of the Hyogo Police investigates the murder of a Westerner during a Japanese holiday earthquake and uncovers a plot involving international gunrunning and blackmail
When they ask for me
Tell them I had some business
In another world

Superintendent Otani stumbles across a body near the docks of Kobe in this the second of 13 novels by writer James Melville about Superintendent Otani of the Hyogo Prefectural Police. A massive earthquake shakes Kobe on Boys' Day with carp streamers tilted off rooftops with boys resident, and deaths from heart attack and strokes due to stress are precipitated. Otani and wife Hanae's only child Akiko marries her college firebrand agitator boy friend Shimizu now trade company executive, and they have a baby boy Kazuo. When the body of a gaijin (foreigner) is discovered. Otani who does not speak German or English, seeks the counsel of his son-in-law as Otani is uncomfortable among foreigners.

Otani tries to sidestep Sakamoto a rigid, by the rules only subordinate by taking over the case himself from his lieutenants Ninja Noguchi and foppish Kimura, with the help of Tomita his faithful driver.

Cruelty and sexual perversions conflict with affection loyalty and duty and Otani must decide how to deal with an old Samurai family, bunraku master (puppeteer) son of geisha, a mysterious gaijin beauty with hidden tensions, and murder.

Melville's writing is concise and atmospheric bringing to the imagination Kobe in 1981. Otani reveals his bias and prejudice as one of the pre-WWII era who lived through the Occupation and emerges almost unscathed into modern Japan. The pull of ancient cultural tradition of Samurai vs the duty of modern police tear at Otani.

Bushido samurai code of honor The Last Samurai (Two-Disc Special Edition)
bunraku puppets, Noh plays portrayed in Sayonara Marlon Brando Red Buttons Oscar Best Supporting Actor Miyoshi Umeki Oscar Best Supporting Actress
geisha My Geisha Shirley MacLaine Yves Montand Robert Cummings Edward G Robinson genuine geisha Yoko Tani, Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel fictional retelling of the life of Mineko Iwasaki a geiko, The Secret World of Geishas Discovery Channel documentary of the hidden world of maiko training performance and lifestyle
Japanese garden Human Nature: The Japanese Garden of Portland, Oregon
parenting Helicopters, Drill Sergeants, and Consultants Book & CD Set: Parenting Styles & the Messages They Send
Like Father, Like Son Kore Eda Hirokazu delicate story of the love of a father for his 6 year old son and the son's adoration in return, gentle lovely film
meditation Dhamma Brothers documentary 10 day meditation training with years later follow up
farewell tactile haiku Departures Oscar Best Foreign Film Japanese with English subtitles, gentle story of finding one's place in the world

Melville uses contemporary CBT cognitive behavioral therapy, distraction from the emotional with use of frontal lobe executive decision making, solving math problems much like [ASIN:B00F55HNBY The Internship] winning app. To prevent one from doing the embarrassing and humiliating, remember to try to do the square root of an odd number in your head before you click "send." Melville's technique is to have Hanae use patience to wait and listen until Otani spills out what she would otherwise pursue with questioning.

5 star taut writing, engaging and thoughtful. PS The first book of the 13 novel series is called the Wages of Zen.
Glad to see this and 2 others available again on Kindle having read a much later book in the series about 20 years ago.
I collected the entire series in paperback. I am happy they are finally on kindle. Very Japanese detective style.
Inspector Otani novels have to be read by any serious detective story maven. The book came in great condition. Good turn around time.

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