On Sale: July 15, 2014
Featuring: Hiro Hattori
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June, 1565: Master ninja Hiro Hattori receives a pre-dawn
visit from Kazu, a fellow shinobi working undercover at the
shogunate. Hours before, the shogun's cousin, Saburo, was
stabbed to death in the shogun's palace. The murder weapon:
Kazu's personal dagger. Kazu says he's innocent, and begs
for Hiro's help, but his story gives Hiro reason to doubt
the young shinobi's claims.
When the shogun
summons Hiro and Father Mateo, the Portuguese Jesuit priest
under Hiro's protection, to find the killer, Hiro finds
himself forced to choose between friendship and personal
The investigation reveals a plot to
assassinate the shogun and overthrow the ruling Ashikaga
clan. With Lord Oda's enemy forces approaching Kyoto, and
the murderer poised to strike again, Hiro must use his
assassin's skills to reveal the killer's identity and
protect the shogun at any cost. Kazu, now trapped in the
city, still refuses to explain his whereabouts at the time
of the murder. But a suspicious shogunate maid, Saburo's
wife, and the shogun's stable master also had reasons to
want Saburo dead. With the shogun demanding the murderer's
head before Lord Oda reaches the city, Hiro and Father Mateo
must produce the killer in time . . . or die in his
Susan Spann's Blade of the Samurai
is a complex mystery that will transport readers to a
thrilling and unforgettable adventure in sixteenth-century
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