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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Black Karma

Black Karma (Action/Mystery)
By Thatcher Robinson
Seventh Street Books
ISBN #978-1616140038
275 Pages
Price $12.63
Rating 5-Stars

“A Complicated Plot, Filled With Action, Danger, And Mystery.”

Bai Jiang (pronounced Bi Chang) is a souxun – a finder of missing people. She and her partner Lee Li (also her martial arts instructor) work out of her office on Grant Street in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Bai was the daughter of a Shan Chu – the head of the Sun Yee On triad, but when her parents were killed her uncle Tommy Hu took over the leadership and raised her; this makes her a triad princess, which she tries to put behind her by helping others. Her ex-husband, is a Hung Kwan, the second in line to the leadership, and commands a small army of triad soldiers. He still protects his ex-wife and their 13-year old daughter, Dan, so when things get dangerous she has plenty of back up, whether she wants – or needs – it or not.

Inspector Kelly of the SFPD approaches her to find Daniel Chin, who the police suspects of killing policemen in a botched drug sting. Bai thinks something is phony with the task, but wants to find Chin anyway, to see what is going on.

This is the second book in the series, and is a complicated plot, filled with lots of action, danger, and mystery. Before it concludes, people will die, and Bai will find another stray to take under her protective wing. The author has created characters from the shady realm of international organized crime, but some you quickly learn to love and respect, as they live by a code the bad guys don’t want to cross. When you meet Bai Jiang and Lee Li, you will want more of them. Highly recommended for action and mystery lovers of all ages.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories

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