Mariko the only female detective sergeant in Tokyo is on a three month trial before she has a permanent position within the drug squad. Her misogynist..Show More »ic boss is determined that this will not be the case, so to keep her out the way he gives her the impossible task of investigating an attempted robbery of a sword, blocking all attempts to uncover a drugs ring, the trifling case leads Mariko to the stunning story of three swords. The story is back-filled with historical events from the age of the Samurai to the disastrous events of World War Two and a story of the three swords culminating with fate conspiring to bring Mariko and the three swords together. Allison Hiroto gives a wonderful performance adding a definitive flavor of Japan both past and present, I would not say this an urban fantasy more like a police procedural with paranormal elements, throw in some feudal Japanese history and I may begin to describe the book as it's a mixture of genres. I enjoyed it, especially loving the setting and Mariko's character. I must just add what was really refreshing to the start of this series is you get a whole story! No frustrating cliffhangers here. Looking forward to the next book..