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The Toyotomi Blades

(The second book in the Ken Tanaka series)
A novel by

Ken Tanaka is being flown to Japan to be interviewed on television about his role in solving a recent California murder case. As a Japanese-American, he is particularly excited about his first trip to Japan; as a recently unemployed "downsizing" victim, he's thrilled that the trip is free. His enjoyment, however, quickly gives way to confusion and fear when he finds himself wrapped up in a mystery surrounding his samurai sword. The sword, bought at a garage sale in California, turns out to be a rare seventeenth-century blade that is somehow connected to the Toyotomi clan. That the blade is potentially quite valuable is the good news. The bad news is that Ken is being tracked and threatened by two yakuza thugs for reasons not at all clear to him. Now, with the help of new friends and old, Ken must try to unravel both the mystery of the sword and the powerful forces trying to stop him from doing so, before it is too late.


"Sleuth Ken Tanaka is appealing and bright in a clever and captivatingly original story." - Carolyn Hart

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Used availability for Dale Furutani's The Toyotomi Blades

Hardback Editions

September 1997 : USA Hardback

Title: The Toyotomi Blades (Ken Tanaka Mystery)
Author(s): Dale Furutani
ISBN: 0-312-17050-5 / 978-0-312-17050-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Paperback Editions

August 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Toyotomi Blades: A Ken Tanaka Mystery
Author(s): Dale Furutani
ISBN: 0-312-96667-9 / 978-0-312-96667-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Audio Editions

March 2000 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: The Toyotomi Blades
Author(s): Dale Furutani, Dale Marosz
ISBN: 0-7366-4993-X / 978-0-7366-4993-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

January 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Toyotomi Blades (Ken Tanaka Mysteries Book 2)
Author(s): Dale Furutani
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