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The Temple Dogs

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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. He heads to Japan to find Nagoya, leader of the Yakuza, the only mobsters capable of destroying the DeSantos clan. Originally a spoiled, feckless WASP, Miles is transformed into a fierce w ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published August 23rd 1989 by New American Library
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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
I read this a long time ago. I don't have perfect recollection but I remember these things about this book because they stuck with me. There is a bittersweet dark side to this story. It's told in a wonderful way, so it's ultimately uplifting and enlightening. There is a good marriage of Japanese and Western culture here that is very interesting. The basic premise has been around for a while, but, this one is well told and the best part.

I loved the supporting cast characters. All interesting, exo
May 14, 2012 Ninjaofdoom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, I've read it several times and I just never get over it. :) I just wish it was still in print, due to the fact that I can't find it...
Joel Mitchell
The only thing that set this book apart from any other vengeance/mafia kind of book was a wealth of information on Japanese culture and history (especially conditions in occupied Japan after WWII). The protagonist becomes involved with the Yakuza in order to avenge family members slain by members of the New York underworld. What follows is the usual "training a soft Westerner in the Eastern disciplines and honor" storyline (with a dash of forbidden romance), culminating in a bloodbath of violent ...more
Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
The premise for The Temple Dogs is quite interesting. Cochran and Murphy delve into the criminal underworld not only in the United States, but Japan as well. Exploring the infamous Yakuza, this novel had the potential to be a fascinating comparison between the Asian and Western mafia within the framework of the larger thriller story. What we have instead is a glorification of violence in all its excess with little else.

The novel opens with bubbly Suzi and her husband preparing for their wedding.
Apr 21, 2013 Charlie rated it it was amazing
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A suspenseful and riveting intermingling of Western and Eastern culture in an action-packed and thought-provoking story-line.

The first chapter of the book really got my attention and pretty soon, I was devouring the whole thing with much gusto. There is something masterful about the way the authors narrated their story and even the way they presented their characters.

For one, I am a huge fan of action and suspense. Second, I have always been fascinate
Christine Howard
This was a tight mystery set mostly in Japan but followed the murder of a couple on their wedding day. The wedding was in NY and the killers were Mafia. His mother is Japanese but does her best to deny it. His grandfather tries to avenge their deaths but he to is murdered.The brides brother, up to this point a do-nothing, sets out to avenge his sister's and husband's death He goes to Japan and finds the man his grandfather said he should seek out if he died. He finds that this man is the head of ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Hoz rated it really liked it
This is a great read well written and captivating. The ending could have been better but still a great book!
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Warren Murphy was an American author, most famous as the co-creator of The Destroyer series, the basis for the film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. He worked as a reporter and editor and after service during the Korean War, he drifted into politics.

Murphy also wrote the screenplay for Lethal Weapon 2. He is the author of the Trace and Digger series. With Molly Cochran, he completed two books
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