The Ninja

By Eric Van Lustbader

"Totally gripping a story of hatred and revenge as you'll read...It is superb."
This is the tale of Nicholas Linnear, half-Caucasian, half-Oriental, a guy stuck among East and West, among the sexual passions of a girl he cannot omit and the single he cannot regulate and among a earlier he cannot get away and a future he cannot stay away from.
A sprawling erotic mystery that swings from postwar Japan to present-day big apple in a continuing saga of violence and terror elaborately designed for the main savage vengeance of all...

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They reminded him of floaters. They have been coming, he knew, have been for a month or so. these our bodies, as soon as those who had leaped or, subconscious, had, possibly, been driven into the East River or the Hudson throughout the lengthy iciness months. Consigned to the deep, that they had been preserved through the nippiness on the backside, undisturbed via the slow currents till the start of the summer season whilst the water heated up. At thirty to thirty-five levels Fahrenheit, micro organism could start to breed, inflicting putrefaction and gases that will, finally, deliver the physique to the skin, and the floater, months after it had long past in, will be dropped at him on the scientific Examiner’s development. That definitely didn't trouble him. given that he was once an affiliate health worker, it was once only a part of Vincent’s lifestyles. an immense half, he had admitted to himself in the past. The morgue, within the building’s basement, with its steel-jacketed doorways stacked one atop the opposite marked via their neat, typewritten playing cards, the scrubbed grey tile ground, the nice scale upon which the corpses have been weighed, was once the place he lived such a lot of his days. there has been not anything ghoulish approximately it, passing the brown and white our bodies laid out at the shining gurneys, cold, the nice T-shaped incisions around the chest from shoulder to shoulder and down around the stomach, the dermis thick like leather-based, the faces as peaceable as though they slept the sleep of the blameless. It had no impact on him. The curiosity and, definite, the thrill of forensic drugs used to be, for him, the tricky puzzle of loss of life. now not lots what it was once yet particularly what had brought on it. He used to be a detective whose paintings one of the lifeless had, again and again, aided the dwelling. Vincent stared out the window as he slowly sipped his tea. Darkness nonetheless unfold itself ahead of the arrival sunrise: 4:25. He used to be constantly up this early. He stared out on the urban, the lighted empty streets of new york. distant he heard the grinding of a rubbish truck making its lentitudinous means alongside 10th road. Then nearer by way of, a police automobile siren lower without warning in, shattering the quietude. however it too, after a time, was once long gone, evaporating into the darkness. not anything remained within the evening yet his strategies, twisting upon themselves. He felt trapped. My karma should have been very undesirable in my final existence, he advised himself. Japan appeared as inaccesible as though it have been in yet again. It not appeared attainable for him ever to discover it back, a minimum of the Japan he had left twelve years in the past. For him there has been not more Japan; it used to be yet a withered flower—calling him nonetheless like a siren of the ocean. Nicholas woke up earlier than sunrise. for only a second, he was once rather confident that he was once in his previous condo at the outskirts of Tokyo, the Zen backyard, the indirect shadows at the wall by means of his head made via the stand of tall rustling bamboo. He heard a cuckoo’s short name, the frenzy of the morning’s site visitors into town, muffled, funneled and but magnified via the gap and the ordinary acoustics of the topography. He grew to become his head, nonetheless part asleep, observed a feminine shape asleep beside him.

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