Lochenlode, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
nformation agent Brandon Drake is back in his second book,
. He's in Japan collecting information on a handsfree dental drill for delivery to the United States. He's thrown off balance by the murder, in the spa of his Tokyo hotel, of a man he was to meet. But what really gets to him is the invasion of his hotel room as he entertains his off-again, on-again lover Mikki. After that, things can only get worse. And, of course, they do.
ance Rucker delves into Japanese culture to create this action-packed, but slow-moving, story. I found my attention wandering at times. The story line is good and rife with danger. The locale – Japan – Tokyo – ancient shrines – is fascinating and germane to the plot. I especially liked Brandon – Brandy – Drake, a character who has the sense to run from danger if he can't avoid it altogether. He has a strict moral sense and lives by it. He's smart enough to know his limitations, which aren't many. Sagamoto and Smiley are evil personified. Brandy and Mikki are kidnapped. People are not what they seem to be.
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