Temple of the Dueling Heart

(or a brain scan of modern Japan.)
  • Also available as: Perfect Bound Softcover
  • Published: September 2010
  • Format: Dust Jacket Hardcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 232
  • Size: 5.5x8.5
  • ISBN: 9781426912825
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Imagine yourself traveling on a journey to Japan to erase your massive debt, only to find herself forced to confront a stalker, a past history of sexual abuse, and a dependency on sleeping pills and anti-depressants. This is what heroine Helene Capri must face in Temple of the Dueling Heart. Like the beautiful Blue Grotto in Italy, her past remains submerged beneath a sea of childhood memories.

She must use her monolingual skills to survive the obsessive stalking of Mikari Wolfe, a man in conflict with his Japanese-American identity. Along the way she also meets Anastasia, a Russian art exchange student searching for herself in Anastasia Romanov, the alleged murdered daughter of the last tsar of Russia. From the opening scene of a woman about to jump in front of a train, the interplay between these three characters drives the dynamics of plot in a setting of psychological tension and suspense, shifting between the two faces of Japanese society…uraomote. Temple of the Dueling Heart can be called a ghost story, in that each character must confront phantoms from their past. Or it could be called a brain scan of modern Japan, with a paranormal twist…

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