Kimura, an ambitious thug in Tokyo's crime organization, has been assigned to squelch a lawsuit that could lead back to his boss in the "Yakuza". His method is murder, and his means is a samurai sword. This sword, however, is an object of avarice to antique dealer Kay Williams, an American who has just paid millions of dollars for it. Enter Kimura, who seizes the sword, murders the seller (a party to the lawsuit), then chases Williams into the city streets. Now on Kimura's hit list for witnessing his crime, Williams is not deterred from tracking down that sword, which she had purchased. To keep readers intrigued in spite of a predictable plot, Blankenship relies on evoking Tokyo's seedy side, as the principals snake through the city's fleshpots, leaving behind a trail of severed limbs and heads. He also introduces put-upon police officer, Takeo Saji, who tracks down the murderer via the "Yakuza"'s contacts within his own department. The cultivated mystery buff might disdain the obviousness of the story line, but this high-body-count action piece will be a winner.