The Bushido Way

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Story Synopsis

The Bushido Way, the first case involving tough Private Investigator Sam Phillips, pits Sam against a new Japanese gang called the Yokohama Black Rebels, who have knocked off the Yakuza in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles during the changing times of the 1970’s. Sam takes the case of Michelle Yamada, a young friend of Sam’s father, who was a P.I. himself and taught Sam the business before he died. It’s 1976, and Sam is one year removed from the Vietnam War that’s left Sam physically and emotionally scarred but a man has to make a living.

Michelle wants Sam to protect her little brother Ken, who is targeted by the Black Rebels because of him being the Yakuza son of a boss who was murdered by the Black Rebels in Japan. Ken arrives in Los Angeles to escape the eliminations and contract hits on Yakuza bosses and their sons. Being that Michelle is an old friend of the family, Sam feels obligated to take the case.

Sam is helped by his right hand partner, a big and bad former convict named Armstrong Jones, fresh out of prison for almost killing two men, and always lives one mistake from doing hard time. Armstrong wants to earn his P.I.’s license and must prove to Sam and the police captain that he can go straight.
While working on the case, Sam finds out he’s fathered an Amerasian kid in Vietnam named Saivon who is brought to Sam by Army personnel. Saivon is five years old and is a reminder of the woman Sam left behind. Saivon is caught in the middle as Sam tries to get to know him while juggling the case. The Black Rebels are led by blood thirsty Hiroshi Ito, who has tortured and killed rival leaders in Little Tokyo to be the most feared gangster in town.

A raid on Hiroshi’s home by the police with Sam ended up killing Hiroshi’s girlfriend which sets off a revenge killing spree of detectives involved in the raid and Hiroshi has his sight also on Sam and his involvement. Sam is up against the wall as he and Armstrong start to suspect that things with Michelle and Ken are not on the up and up and that they may be protecting the wrong kid.

Sam needs answers fast as his inner circle crumbles around him. Michelle double crosses him that leads to the whereabouts of Ken and his family. Sam must now race to get his family back and the only way to do that is to kill the most wanted man in town.

Story Details

  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery, Thriller
  • Tags: Gangsters, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, The 1970’s, Yakuza
  • Length: Novel
  • Content Rating: N/A

About the Author

pic-MAPhillipsM. Anthony Phillips was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where is love for storytelling was born. After following a dream to pursue acting in Hollywood and obtaining his 15 minutes of fame, M. Anthony Phillips had one more dream to accomplish, to become a full time Novelist. Following in the footsteps of some of his favorite authors M. Anthony has now published his fourth book, M. Anthony is well on his way.

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