The Ninja's Blade
Lily Wong Mystery-Thriller Series Book 2
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In THE NINJA’S BLADE, Lily Wong―a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja―has more trouble than she was bargaining for when controlling grandparents arrive in Los Angeles from Hong Kong at the same time she goes undercover in the dangerous world of youth sex trafficking. As she hunts for a kidnapped prostitution victim, a missing high school girl, and a sociopathic trafficker, the surviving members of a murderous street gang hunt for her.
Life would be easier if Lily knew who to trust. But when victims are villains, villains are victims, and even family is plotting against her, easy is not an option. All Lily can do is follow the trail wherever it leads: through a high school campus polarized by racial tension or the secret back rooms of a barber/tattoo/brothel or the soul-crushing stretch of Long Beach Boulevard known as The Blade.
She relies on her ninja skills to deceive and infiltrate, rescue and kill―whatever is necessary to free the girls from their literal and figurative slavery. If only those same skills could keep Lily’s conniving grandparents from hijacking her future.
“Eldridge does a terrific job of turning a spotlight on the horrifying world of the sex trafficking of children—a problem that is more pervasive in our society than people want to admit. Her need to stand up for and to protect the vulnerable should be a rallying cry… This series continues to impress and should find a wide, appreciative audience.” ―Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Eldridge’s riveting sequel to 2019’s The Ninja Daughter… In her unconventional style, the indomitable Lily keeps all these balls in the air, resulting in an exciting mystery that takes a sobering look at the sexual exploitation of youth in Los Angeles. Readers will eagerly await Lily’s next outing. ” ―Publishers Weekly
“Lily Wong is back and her quest for justice is stronger than ever! Buckle up for another heart-stopping ride!”―Karen Dionne, USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER
“With THE NINJA’S BLADE Tori Eldridge turns the dial to 11. More action, more fantastic characters, and more devious twists. Highly recommended!”―Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of V-WARS and INK
“Lily Wong is gutsy, smart, and irresistible―just like THE NINJA’S BLADE. Grab it!” ―Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award-winning author of THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT
“The Ninja’s Blade will have you on the edge of your seat, turning pages so fast toward the end that you risk death by paper cut. Lily may not be winded at the end of those ninja fights, but you sure will be. If you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out big time.” ―Tracy Clark, author of the acclaimed Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series
“Lily jarringly defies the stereotypical ninja of fiction. Engaging. Refreshing. Inspiring.” ―Stephen K. Hayes, Black Belt Hall of Fame founder of To-Shin Do ninja martial arts
The Ninja Daughter
Book One - Lily Wong Mystery-Thriller Series
THE NINJA DAUGHTER is an action-packed thriller about a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja with “Joy Luck Club” family issues who battles the Los Angeles Ukrainian mob, sex traffickers, and her own family to save two desperate women and an innocent child.
After the murder of her sister, Lily Wong dedicates her life and ninja skills to the protection of women. But her mission is complicated by the secrets she keeps. Her father, a North Dakota farmer turned Chinese restaurateur, and her Hong Kong-born mother, who is already disappointed at her less than feminine ways, would be horrified by what Lily has become. Only Lily’s Japanese sensei and the couple who run a local women’s shelter know the truth.
When a young mother Lily has rescued returns to her abusive marriage, Lily focuses her protection skills on a new client, a nightclub waitress in the crosshairs of an enigmatic assassin with no apparent reason for wanting her dead. The mystery leads Lily on a dangerous journey of tangled truths, deadly conspiracies, and gritty suspense.
Anthony Award nominee for Best First Novel
Lefty Award nominee for Best Debut Mystery Novel
Macavity Award nominee for Best Debut Mystery
2019 Thriller Book of the Year
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network
Reviews and Best Books Lists
Library Journal (Starred Review) and Mystery Debut of the Month
“Eldridge’s debut thriller introduces readers to a heroine for the #MeToo era… Readers who enjoy an action-packed adventure that doesn’t neglect character development and speaks truth about the human condition will welcome this quirky, passionate, and endearingly relatable protagonist.”
Publishers Weekly (Rave Review)
“Eldridge’s wild ride of a first novel marries Kill Bill with Killing Eve..expertly mines both domestic suspense and action thriller.”
Los Angeles Review of Books (Rave Review)
“This novel explodes on every page. An off-the-charts thrilling debut.”
5/5 Rating from The Girly Book Club
“A firecracker debut by author Tori Eldridge”
South Florida Sun Sentinel – Best Mystery Books of 2019 – chosen by Oline Cogdill
“Eldridge’s fine storytelling makes Lily a heroine of our times. I hope that this is only the beginning and that there are plenty more Lily Wong adventures coming up soon.”
AudioFile Magazine Rave Review for The Ninja Daughter Audiobook
“Natalie Naudus distinguishes between narrative and Lily’s thoughts, and completely electrifies the fight scenes.”
Criminal Element Review – The Ninja Daughter by Tori Eldridge
“The story of a modern-day ninja warrior following the code of the #MeToo movement, The Ninja Daughter by Tori Eldridge is as impactful as a throwing star.”
Booklist Rave Review for The Ninja Daughter
“Tough, snarky, and grudgingly vulnerable, Lily Wong is an irresistible heroine set perfectly against a quirky millennial L.A. backdrop.”
The Irresponsible Reader Rave Review for The Ninja Daughter
“The Norwegian-Chinese Ninja Hero You Never Realized You Needed in Your Life”
Book Riot Video Blog Recommends The Ninja Daughter
Ladies Who Are Taking Life Into Their Own Hands – 4:40 mark
Crime Reads – Jess Lourey recommends The Ninja Daughter and Lily Wong series
Look Ahead at Some New Crime and Mystery Series Launching in 2020
BookBub – The Most Anticipated Thrillers of the Fall 2019
“This original and fast-paced action thriller is high on our fall to-be-read list!”
Mystery Tribune 14 Best Crime, Mysteries, and Thriller Books of November 2019
The Ninja Daughter listed as one of November’s best.
Praise for The Ninja Daughter
“If you love a heroine who’s tough, brilliant, and never runs from a fight, look no further. THE NINJA DAUGHTER is your gal. Tori Eldridge introduces the warrior-sleuth you’ll want fighting by your side.”
―Tess Gerritsen, NYT bestselling author of THE SHAPE OF NIGHT
“THE NINJA DAUGHTER is a remarkably fresh, intense thriller, and Lily Wong is one hell of a new hero. I want this Ninja on my side. Tori Eldridge is redefining the genre.”
―J.T. Ellison, NYT bestselling author of TEAR ME APART
“Tori Eldridge brings serious game to the thriller genre with THE NINJA DAUGHTER. Action-paced, devious, and with a lead character you’ll truly care about. This debut kicks ten kinds of ass―highly recommended!”
―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of DEEP SILENCE and V-WARS
“With THE NINJA DAUGHTER, Tori Eldridge has created a heroine to love… and to fear! Lily’s quest to protect the women of L.A. left me breathless, and Eldridge’s snappy, down-to-earth prose kept me flipping pages.”
―Rachel Howzell Hall, author of THEY ALL FALL DOWN and the critically-acclaimed DETECTIVE LOU NORTON SERIES
“Eldridge’s stunningly ambitious debut juggles sub-plots as deftly as it does cultures. As beautifully realized as it is emotionally wrought, THE NINJA DAUGHTER is both striking in its originality and shattering in its ultimate impact.”
―Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of the CAITLIN STRONG SERIES and the MURDER, SHE WROTE SERIES
“In THE NINJA DAUGHTER, Tori Eldridge serves up a full platter of thrills, featuring an intriguing cross-cultural vigilante with strong ties to her family and a complex and equally compelling assassin as her deadly foil. I hope she brings both back soon.”
–F. Paul Wilson, NY Times bestselling author of THE VOID PROTOCOL (The ICE Sequence) and acclaimed Repairman Jack series.
“An exhilarating thrill ride! Lily Wong is a champion to the underdog―smart, brave, and a powerful force to reckon with. I loved her!”
―Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of THE LAST MRS.PARRISH
“Lily Wong is Jack Reacher—if Reacher were petite, female, and Asian—smart, skilled, and relentless; a passionate fighter on behalf of women who are in too deep to save themselves. An exceptional first novel…offering readers a tense and fascinating look into a culture and a world that most of us have never seen. I loved this book!”
–Karen Dionne, international bestselling author of THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER
“THE NINJA DAUGHTER’s unrelenting action take readers on a non-stop thrill ride. Eldridge combines the honor and discipline of Eastern morays with the cynicism and justice-seeking drive of Western lore to create a spellbinding character, Lily Wong. You’ll want this ninja on your side.”
―International Bestseller K.J. Howe, author of THE FREEDOM BROKER and SKYJACK
“Complex and engaging, THE NINJA DAUGHTER is a real page-turner with action aplenty but also depth and heart. Lily Wong makes a vividly intriguing heroine with some serious ninja skills. Charlie Fox would team up with her in a heartbeat.”
―Zoë Sharp, author of the acclaimed CHARLIE FOX THRILLER SERIES
“Tori Eldridge’s THE NINJA DAUGHTER is an impressive debut novel—written with heartfelt, personal conviction and a sense-of-place that few first thrillers achieve.”
―Raymond Benson, acclaimed author of THE BLACK STILETTO 5-book serial and BLUES IN THE DARK
“Resourceful and fierce, Lily Wong fights for women who desperately need her help—a true Ninja Warrior. She took me on a wild ride I will never forget.”
―J. Carson Black, New York Times bestselling author of THE SHOP
“Tori Eldridge reinvents Mickey Spillane toughness in THE NINJA DAUGHTER. A Thoroughly enjoyable romp with the new literary ball of ninja thunder.”
―Weston Ochse, award-winning author of SEAL TEAM 666
“Beautifully written and heartbreakingly intense. The Ninja Daughter is a hard-hitting story so gritty and real you feel it in your teeth.”
―Pam Stack, Authors on the Air Global Radio Network
“You’ve never read anything like THE NINJA DAUGHTER before. And the author, Tori Eldridge, is more than qualified to tell the story. A long-time practitioner of martial arts herself, she brings credibility and accuracy to the character of Lily – with just enough artistic license to keep things fun and rollicking.
―Jack Hoban, Subject Matter Expert for the United States Marine Corp Martial Arts Program and 10th degree black belt in Ninjutsu.
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