Year of the Demon By Steve Bein
by Terrance Mc Arthur
In Steve Bein’s Year of the Demon (a novel of the Fated Blades), American-raised Detective Sergeant Mariko Oshiro has new responsibilities in Japan’s Narcotics force, resentment from other law enforcement officers because she exposed corruption in a major precinct and a price on her head. A Yakuza Under-Lord will call off the assassins if she will retrieve a strange mask that was stolen during a drug raid on his office. The thieves have also taken her semi-magical, highly-principled sword, a weapon that can kill in defense but will not murder in anger.