Mark Shigata, the ethical, emotional, ex-FBI police chief of tiny Bayport, Texas, once again faces a hated foe—crime czar Buddy Yamagata. Mark's hitherto unmet cousin Rocky Omori is married to Yamagata's daughter Phyllis, and father to their four-year-old son Daniel. Because of Rocky's disobedience, the entire family is on Yamagata's hit list. Rocky, in desperation, has settled on Shigata and his wife, Lissa, as guardians for Daniel, if he escapes, putting them in danger, too. The Omoris are brutally murdered—but Daniel, well-hidden by Shigata despite flash floods in the area and the torching of his own house, is saved. For the moment. Now is the time for Shigata, using ammunition in the form of a safe-deposit key left by Rocky, to call in IOUs from the FBI, confront his own fears, and beard the enemy. He's helped, as always, by stalwart deputies Quinn and Hansen (Exception to Murder, etc.) and, this time, by Russian expatriate Max Kerensky. A fast-moving series of tense cat-and-mouse games laced with the legends of Japanese crime—and ending in sheer but not unexpected melodrama. Despite its clumsy title: a solid police procedural much enhanced by its exotic characters.
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