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By the Sword

liked it 3.0  ·  Rating Details ·  2 Ratings  ·  1 Review
A macabre discovery in a city cemetery... A political scandal engulfing the city... A samurai-obsessed swordsman on the rampage... The severed body parts point to one man: gangland killer 'Banzai Billy' Boyle. What lies at the root of his obsession with the bushido culture of Japan? How is he linked to sleazy politician and prospective MP 'Big Jim' McConnarty? Are the ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published November 30th 2011 by Wild Wolf Publishing (first published October 27th 2011)
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Feb 10, 2012 Iain rated it really liked it
This is my book! I was going to give it 5 stars but that seemed cheeky.
Dec 02, 2016 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace is in a new job as intelligence officer for the Glasgow police. She becomes involved in the hunt for a brutal killer which takes her a long way from home. Rather far fetched adventure, but well written.
Chris Bryson
Apr 13, 2012 Chris Bryson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy, fiction
This story is written from the viewpoint of Miss Grace Andrews, a recent recruit in the police force as a Crime Analyst. Billy "Banzai" Boyle is doing what he does best around Glasgow and the police team are onto him, the story develops and as Boyle moves onto Japan so do Grace and her team.

It is a crime thriller and has some humerous points throughout it, the characters are very well developed. When I initially started reading the story, it reminded me slightly of an episode from the Dexter TV
Moira McPartlin
Apr 23, 2012 Moira McPartlin rated it really liked it
I don't normally read crime but the combination of settings (Glasgow and Japan) intrigued me as did the name of the protagonist 'Banzai Billy' Boyle. This is the story of a Glasgow psycho loose on the streets armed with a sword. The plot slices through the pages and leaves your mind blood splattered. some of the scenes have a real yuck factor, told with graphic imagery. None of it pretty. I loved the change of pace and tone when the story moved to Japan. It is so evocative that I almost felt ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Ian rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, crime, scotland, japan
I didn't enjoy this at all. I was going to set out my reasons but decided to go with the old adage "if you can't say anything positive then don't say anything."

I notice from the ratings that others have scored this highly. Each to their own!
Rod Glenn
Mar 19, 2012 Rod Glenn rated it it was amazing
A gripping and gritty crime thriller set in Glasgow and Japan filled with colourful characters and grimy realism. A top notch crime thriller.
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