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Sensei (edition 2004)

by John Donohue

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Title:Sensei
Authors:John Donohue
Info:Onyx (2004), Edition: Reprint, Paperback
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The first of two books in the Connor Burke series. I read them in reverse order. I enjoyed both of them.

The writing is good, the story interesting, and the characters are compelling.

The story is set in the modern day, in NYC. Connor is from a large Irish family. He is a college professor who has a doctorate in Asian Studies. He trains seriously with a Japanese martial arts master, a Sensei. He has a brother who is a NYC police detective, and in both this book and the sequel, Deshi, they often hook up to deal with a crime.

Woven into the story is the brother and his partner, and elements of a police procedural. Connor's family also makes an appearance. The main focus is Connor's martial arts training, and experiences in the dojo, with his Sensei. The book covers not just the technical aspects of fighting but the psychological, and the mystical aspects of The Way.

There are usually murders, a mystery to solve, and bad guys to defeat. Along the way there is often information about Japanese culture, history, and sensibilities. All these many parts are woven well into a gripping story that reads quickly and often has touches of black humor.

I am not a martial arts enthusiast, or know much about them. I am drawn to this because it is a different world and is done well. I think the author is seriously into the martial arts in real life, but I have no idea of his accuracy or authenticity. Since the stories are well done, I don't really care. I hope there are more books. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312288123, Hardcover)

In every case, the modus operandi is the same, and the only clue available is a cryptic message scrawled on the wall bearing the signature "Ronin" - the Japanese name for a masterless samurai.

Connor Burke, a part-time college teacher with a passion for the martial arts, is called in to help out with the investigation by his brother, an NYPD detective. With the help of his teacher, the master warrior Yamashita Sensei, Burke begins to follow the trail of clues that stretches across time and place, ultimately confronting his own fears, his sense of honor, and the ruthless killer who calls himself "Ronin".

Combining the exotic world of the Japanese martial arts with the gritty nuts-and-bolts aspects of a murder investigation, Sensei is a fast-paced, riveting thriller that explores the links between people as they struggle for mastery, identity, and a sense of belonging.

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"In every case, the modus operandi is the same, and the only clue available is a cryptic message scrawled on the wall bearing the signature "Ronin" - the Japanese word for a masterless samurai." "Connor Burke, a part-time college teacher with a passion for the martial arts, is called in to help out with the investigation by his brother, an NYPD detective. With the help of his teacher, the master warrior Yamashita Sensei, Burke begins to follow the trail of clues that stretches across time and place, ultimately confronting his own fears, his sense of honor, and the ruthless killer who calls himself Ronin." "Combining the exotic world of the Japanese martial arts with the gritty nuts and bolts of a murder investigation, Sensei explores the links between people as they struggle for mastery, identity, and a sense of belonging."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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