Samurai Executioner, Vol. 1: When the Demon Knife Weeps

Samurai Executioner, Vol. 1: When the Demon Knife Weeps - Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima I read this in one afternoon. Though a pretty thick book, it is a small volume, and it does read fast once you sit down to read it. This is the story of an executioner, a very important position in feudal Japan. In this first volume, he rises to the position, then finds himself in different situations that test his loyalty to his duty and conscience. The character development on this work is excellent. The stories move in a fast pace, and the plots are also well developed. I will note this is a story for adults. There is violence and sex, but it is not gratuitous, rather it is an integral part of the stories. Overall, this is one I recommend, and I will continue to look for the rest of the series.