For an elite athlete, the professional sports championship, also known as the brass ring of immortality, often dangles beyond their grasp. The longer you go without one, the more attention you will receive in the public, focusing on what you haven't accomplished rather than what you already had. LeBron James completely understands this very cruel irony. For eight frustrating seasons, he was considered a king without a crown in the NBA.
Ichiro Hayashi has been hired to kill a man whose actions threaten to bring down a political empire, which stretches across oceans. Hayashi, an assassin trained in the ancient art of the ninja, has only one sacred duty...he must carry out his mission, or die trying. The kill should be simple, yet the target is unsophisticated and without protection. These things make Ichiro pause, and he wonders why anyone would want this particular man's life destroyed.
"She was a beautiful little imp; slender, blonde haired, blue-eyed and wearing a pair of cutoff jeans, a tube top, and open toed sandals..." So begins the most recent novel by Derrick Cutter, a novelist who, haunted by his own inner demons as a teenager, met and ran away with the girl of his dreams. Little did he know that he would soon be thrust into a world even darker than his own, filled with ritual abuse and murder, the aftermath of which may ironically prove to be good fodder for his best novel yet.