Deshi (Connor Burke Martial Arts Series #2)


Asian scholar and black-belt artist Connor Burke labors as a deshi, a student under the tutelage of a master warrior-a practice that draws him into the execution-style murder of a Japanese businessman, into the dangers of a lethal samurai heritage, and finally, into the unknown darkness of an elite mountain temple where Connor's deadliest challenge awaits.

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Asian scholar and black-belt artist Connor Burke labors as a deshi, a student under the tutelage of a master warrior-a practice that draws him into the execution-style murder of a Japanese businessman, into the dangers of a lethal samurai heritage, and finally, into the unknown darkness of an elite mountain temple where Connor's deadliest challenge awaits.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The execution-style murder of a Japanese businessman, who's shot through the temple while engaged in calligraphy at his Brooklyn home, dramatically opens Donohue's intriguing second martial arts thriller (after 2003's Sensei). Dr. Connor Burke, a history scholar and black belt, gets enlisted by his NYPD detective brother Micky, who's his spiritual polar opposite, to decipher the calligraphic writing left by the victim at the crime scene. The inked message implicates followers of a revered Tibetan lama in this and two other murders. Charged with protecting the lama, who's at the center of a conflict involving a rising charismatic sensei (aka teacher), political threats in Tibet and competing martial arts disciplines, Burke journeys to the lama's reclusive mountain retreat, where he's stalked by a hulking Korean-American named Han. Using an economy of words that echoes the uncluttered atmosphere of the dojo, the traditional Japanese training hall, Donohue glides effortlessly between the disciplined, mystical culture of the martial arts community and the chaotic thrum of the streets. Peppered with musings of Eastern philosophy, gritty cop lingo and occasional understated humor, this mystery with its fresh protagonist will appeal to all kinds of readers, not just martial arts aficionados. Agent, Jacques de Spoelberg. (Feb. 21) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When murder darkens the dojo, martial artist Burke needs all the right moves. Japanese-American businessman Edward Sakura is the first in a series of homicide victims. But wheeler-dealer Sakura has followed the Way of the Brush. For 30 years, he has faithfully practiced calligraphy, and in the moment before his assailant pulls the trigger, Sakura uses his brush for one last time to exact vengeance from the grave. Enter series hero Connor Burke, serious martial arts student. An advanced black belt in karate like his author, Burke credits his salvation to what he's learned from Yamashita, his sensei. After years of training, he's an extraordinary fighter, but his redemption transcends mere physicality. So attuned is he to the spiritual side of martial arts that Yamashita regards him as the stuff senseis are made of. Connor's older brother, Mickey the homicide cop, similarly impressed, turns to Connor, hoping he can convert the Sakura calligraphy into a workable lead. Eventually, Connor comes through, discovering in the Zenlike clue links to the Chinese secret service, to an iconic sensei with feet of clay, and, most important, to the elusive, furiously sought inka, a MacGuffin in a kimono. After his lean and literate debut (Sensei, 2003), Donohue produces a talky disappointment more interested in proselytizing than storytelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312341503
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Connor Burke Martial Arts Series , #2
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 289

Meet the Author

John Donohue has a black belt in both karate and kendo and has studied various Asian martial arts disciplines (judo, aikido, iaido, and taiji) for over 25 years. A nationally recognized authority on the martial arts, he is also an associate editor of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts and the author of four non-fiction books on the martial arts and the critically-acclaimed martial arts thriller SENSEI. He lives in Youngstown, NY.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    Good Sequel to "Sensei"

    After reading John Donohue's first martial arts fiction novel, Sensei, I couldn't wait for Deshi to be published. The writing style was again very readable and the pace of the action realistic. Here again, it is hard to find decent and realistic portrayals of martial artists who lead believable lives. The last portion of the story stretches into what seems a little unrealistic, but still keeps your attention and appreciation for the story. Perhaps I strained against the addition of guns and more traditional fare for the conclusion. Nonetheless, if you liked "Sensei", you will enjoy Deshi. And, I hope that John Donohue comes out with another book to follow on Sensei and Deshi...are you listening John?

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