A collection of thrilling murder mysteries featuring ';an unusually interesting detective' from the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of Spartacus (The Washington Star). Japanese-American Beverly Hills homicide detective Masao Masuto is a karate expert, a devotee of roses, and a Zen Buddhist. He does his job with a cool, caustic witand with surprising force when necessary. He possesses a singular sense of justice, taking action on his own and occasionally pushing the boundaries of the law ... The Case of the Sliding Pool: After a decades-old hidden grave is uncovered by a rainstorm, Detective Masuto must look into the distant past to find a murderer who was very good at his joband who is about to come out of retirement. ';An interesting conception.' The New York Times The Case of the Kidnapped Angel: The wife of one of Hollywood's biggest movie stars has been kidnapped for ransomone that is willingly paid. But Masuto doesn't believe the worried husband's performance. He suspects the payoff was for something deadly ... ';A talent for all times.' The Moscow News The Case of the Murdered McKenzie: When a faded movie beauty is accused of killing her rich husband, it seems like an open-and-shut caseuntil Masuto investigates. And it soon appears that murder is only the beginning of an even more shocking conspiracy. ';One of the best in the series.' The New York Times As witty as he is wise, Detective Masuto is the brilliant creation of ';one of the 20th century's busiest writers' known for ';creating stories that even his critics admired as page-turners (The New York Times).