Fresh Catch

By Larry Kronish
Dymaxicon, 219 pages, $14.95

The Sushi King’s Daughter is a rock ‘em, sock ‘em tale of a mob enforcer who kidnaps a young woman to put pressure on her father, Hannami. He is the restaurateur known as Sushi King. Fat Harada abducts Yuko to force Hannami to apologize to the Otamis for giving them bad sushi. The softhearted Harada knows handing a young, pretty girl over to Iwao the Snake will not end well. Is romance in store for Harada and Yuko? Is there more to them than meets the eye?

“There was nothing left to do. The girl had convinced him, her father would never apologize. He’d told her everything, about the Otamis, about his uncle, about Iwao the Snake and Sato. At first they’d just sat there. “Aren’t you going to tie me back up?” she’d asked.”

Author Larry Kronish presents a tale that winds its way through noodle restaurants, Shinjuku pachinko parlors and the Tokyo subway system. The style of this book is a cross between Batman comics (chikushoo, baka-yaro!) and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum adventures. The fast pace of the story, vivid imagery and lighthearted plot line make this book perfect for taking along on vacations and airplanes. Kronish has created likeable characters, themes and settings. Hopefully he will use them to develop a series.

Reviewed by Brenda Searle