Slick, sexy and fast paced, this is one
of Stuart's best recent efforts. Taka is a singularly intriguing hero, and readers won't soon forget his love with Summer.
Curator Summer Hawthorne is deeply attached to the blue ceramic bowl her Japanese nanny, Hana, gave her. For that reason alone, she resolves to keep the Shiroshama, the leader of the True Realization Fellowship, from getting his hands on it. Help comes from an unexpected source -- Takashi O'Brien, a killer dispatched by an organization called the Committee to silence her.
Summer's bowl is an ancient relic, and she unknowingly has information that could help the Shiroshama bring about Armageddon. But circumstances dictate that Taka must keep Summer alive -- and that's when things get interesting. (MIRA, Apr., 384 pp., $6.99)