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The Temple Dogs

The Temple Dogs

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by Warren Murphy, Molly Cochran
     
 

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Two prominent families steeped in the underworlds of New York and Tokyo clash in a tale of hard-won family honor, dark secrets, death, and betrayal.

Inside Manhattan’s tony Inn on the Park, a bride and groom beamed with the promise of new beginnings. Moments later they were dead.

The murderer was the son a powerful Mafia family, Nick DeSanto

Overview

Two prominent families steeped in the underworlds of New York and Tokyo clash in a tale of hard-won family honor, dark secrets, death, and betrayal.

Inside Manhattan’s tony Inn on the Park, a bride and groom beamed with the promise of new beginnings. Moments later they were dead.

The murderer was the son a powerful Mafia family, Nick DeSanto. The bride was Susi Haverford, an ethereal half-Japanese girl descended from a legendary, and lethal, Yakuza clan.

The only hope for justice is Susi’s brother Miles, a young lawyer who must quickly learn to channel the long-buried savage inside to survive the battle of a lifetime. He turns his back on the West and returns to Tokyo to submerse himself in the ancient deadly arts of his ancestors. His focus on retaliation is clear – until he falls for a woman whose very existence threatens to undo all of his carefully laid plans.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This writing team's foray into the criminal underworlds of the American Mafia and its Japanese counterpart, the Yakuza, is perhaps most valuable as an encyclopedia of gangster cliches. Though the novel is replete with the usual criminal atrocities, the most flagrant crime is committed by the authors themselves--against the English language. When Susi Haverford and her husband are gunned down at their wedding reception by members of the notorious DeSanto crime family, Miles Haverford, Susi's brother, determines to retaliate. He heads to Japan to find Nagoya, leader of the Yakuza, the only mobsters capable of destroying the DeSantos clan. Originally a spoiled, feckless WASP, Miles is transformed into a fierce warrior of the Yakuza, whose greatest challenge is to survive the pathological hatred of Sato, Nagoya's heir apparent. Sato is jealous of the American's influence with the other warriors, not to mention his fiancee, the porcelain-complexioned--what else?--Tomiko.This situation occasions the most bizarre episode in the novel--a brawl in a heap of manure. Afterward, Miles returns to New York to lead the Yakuza against the DeSanto mob and the fun begins: heads are decapitated, arrows fly, necks are snapped, knives with oriental tassels are thrown at the faces of unsuspecting mafiosi, hands chop spinal cords. The final shoot-out in Central Park is a muddled orgy of mindless bloodletting. The authors ( High Priest ) display a tenuous understanding of Japanese culture, and their stereotypical portrayal of Italian mobsters makes this novel a study in banality. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451167101
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/04/1990
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Warren Murphy is the author of the long-running satirical action/adventure series, The Destroyer, on which the movie Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins was based; the Trace series of detective novels which spawned the television series Murphy’s Law; and a number of other books, stories, and screenplays. His film credits include The Eiger Sanction and Lethal Weapon II. His work has won a dozen national awards, including two Edgars and two Shamuses.

Molly Cochran has written and ghostwritten 25 novels and nonfiction books, including the Edgar-winning bestseller Grandmaster and The Forever King, recipient of the New York Public Library award for Books of the Teen Age, both co-written with Warren Murphy, and the nonfiction bestseller Dressing Thin. Her most recent novels are Legacy and Poison, published by Simon & Schuster.

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