The Kaisho

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Nicholas Linnear victorious in WHITE NINJA, looks forward to nonlethal commercial struggles with his beloved Justine at his side. Unfortunately, Justine is unhappy with her life in Japan; Sato-Tomkin, Inc., the high-tech conglomerate created by Linnear and Tanzan Nangi, is under assault by powerful forces in Japan and the United States. An unholy alliance of elements from the Mafia, the Yakuza, and renegades deep within the American intelligence community target Linnear in consequence of their plans for global domination. The Godaishu will not be denied, and Linnear is only gradually aware of the extent of the danger which threatens him.

Fortunately, Linnear is not alone in his battle against the forces of evil. Lew Croaker, one of his oldest friends, pursues a separate but converging line of investigation in the company of the sister of a slain Mafia don who is anything but what she appears. Moreover, Linnear discovers a new ally in Celeste, a woman whose powers, although untrained and unchanneled, are a match for Linnear’s own considerable talents. The struggle moves around the globe from Tokyo to Venice and on to Paris, Washington, D.C., and back to Japan with death and destruction on every hand. No one is whom they appear to be, friends prove to be mortal enemies, and salvation arrives from unexpected directions.

THE KAISHO is the most exotic work yet in Lustbader’s Nicholas Linnear series and that, as veteran readers will attest, is something indeed. The work is so filled with what purports to be oriental mysticism that it disturbs the narrative flow for the unwary. Those who would profit from this work must needs the earlier volumes—THE NINJA, MIKO, and WHITE NINJA—before attempting THE KAISHO.