Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has been promoted to Japanas elite Narcotics unitaand with this promotion comes a new partner, a new case, and new danger. The underboss of a powerful yakuza crime syndicate has put a price on her head, and heall lift the bounty only if she retrieves an ancient iron demon mask that was stolen from him in a daring raid. However, Mariko has no idea of the tumultuous past carried within the maskaor of its deadly link with the famed Inazuma blade she wields. The secret of this mask originated hundreds of years before Mariko was born, and over time the maskas power has evolved to bend its owner toward destruction, stopping at nothing to obtain Inazuma steel. Marikoas fallen sensei knew much of the maskas hypnotic power and of its mysterious link to a murderous cult. Now Mariko must use his notes to find the mask before the cult can bring Tokyo to its kneesaand before the underboss decides her time is up....People were running for the stairs even as her gunshota#39;s echo reverberated in the tunnels. ... The bullet hole was a neat, perfectly circular thing, just like in the movies. ... some special effects artist had chosen to perfect the fatal gunshot wound to the head. ... She knew shea#39;d have to make a moral assessment of what shea#39;d done, and she knew it had to come soon, but for now she had civilians to tend to.
|Title||:||Year of the Demon|
|Publisher||:||Penguin - 2013-10-01|