The Jade Palace Vendetta follows the exploits of a Ronin or wandering Samurai warrior. Matsuyama Kaze is a Samurai who was on the losing side in a great struggle in Japan for supremacy. Now hunted by his enemies he wanders the countryside in a quest to fulfill a promise made. His quest to find a young girl places him on a road where he is compelled to help a hapless merchant as other Ronin are trying to steal his gold. There is much more to the merchant and Kaze must use hit wits as well as his skill with a sword to continue his quest and stay alive.
This novel was a pleasure to read. Though it doesn’t grab like some mysteries it was engaging and was a nice good versus evil story. I liked it enough to have just ordered the next in the Samurai Mystery series by Dale Furutani.