A violent tale of horror from award-winning author Laird Barron, the heir apparent to H. P. Lovecraft's throne.
Nanashi was born into a life of violence. Delivered from the mean streets by the Heron Clan, he mastered the way of the gun and knife and swiftly ascended through yakuza ranks to become a dreaded enforcer. His latest task? He and an entourage of expert killers are commanded to kidnap Muzaki, a retired world-renowned wrestler under protection of the rival Dragon Syndicate. It should be business as bloody usual for Nanashi and his ruthless brothers-in-arms except for the detail that Muzaki possesses a terrifying secret. A secret that will spawn a no-holds-barred gang war and send Nanashi on a personal odyssey into immortal darkness.
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From visions, dreams, and psychosis
I got to know Laird Barrons' "Frontier Death Song", and hoped "Man With No Name" will follow down the same road to hell.
It certainly did.
The story unwinds itself midst of a dawning gang war between two Yakuza branches. Nanashi- the protagonist- is a man of many important virtues, like keeping a cool head in face of danger, and being constantly underestimated. As he and his brothers in arm are ordered to pick Muzaki up, things go pear shaped.
Muzaki leads the Yakuza men into a dream world, fueled by booze and drugs. The dreams evolve to visions, then, after a horrible death and a late phone call, to a maze in space and time.
The story has great potential, the end was somewhat different than I thoughts.
I'd like to read more about Nanashi, and his time before and after the Yakuza.
Nanashi and Muzaki
- Darabant Ramona