The Temple Dogs
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I am not a fan of violence, murder, and torture in place of depth of narrative, character development, and theme. Inside Manhattan’s tony Inn on the Park, a bride and groom beamed with the promise of new beginnings.
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.The backstory which dwelt on the post-war era of Japan; Japanese traditions; and the need to address and adapt to social and cultural change was well integrated and aligned with the change in Sato et al.
Cochran and Murphy delve into the criminal underworld not only in the United States, but Japan as well. To be honest, this book is a welcomed break from all the romance novels I've been reading and reviewing. The characters were little more than cliches and when they are killed at the end of chapter one, I sadly hadn't invested anything in them to care.
Combining myth with modern adventure (as they did in The Forever King, 1992), and fantasy with science fiction, Cochran and Murphy imagine the fall of Atlantis. The brother does his best to become a part of them but meets with an obstacle in the young man who is to take over the headman's spot. Why the Yakuza would spend time, energy, and effort training a rich American boy to be a warrior confounds me and the story never really gives me a good reason.