In Okamoto’s crime novel THE LONELINESS OF THE BLUE-EYED ASSASSIN (previously titled AKIKO’S FURY), a deadly half-Japanese half-American woman ex-assassin tries to atone for her dark past by rebuilding a Zen temple on a remote island. But violent people won’t let her alone.
Orphaned at nine, the blue-eyed and black-haired Molly Vance is brought up in Tokyo by a taciturn yakuza gangster and trained thoroughly in the martial arts by the head of an ancient cult of woman assassins who all wear the tattoo of a Habu Kurage (the poisonous stinging Medusa jellyfish). At 18, she avenges her adoptive father’s death in a bloody rampage that destroys an entire rival yakuza clan. She then becomes a feared international assassin working for an ultra-mysterious criminal group known only as “the Organization.” But upon realizing the true motives behind the killings she is assigned, the beautiful and deadly”Akiko” quits the business and retires under a false identity to a remote island in the Sea of Japan, where she begins singlehandedly rebuilding a Zen temple to expunge her dark karma. Now the Organization has found a way to get at Molly through people in her past. To save their lives and her own, she will have to unleash all her fury.
Here is the first (of many, I hope) reviews of this novel: