Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter: Short but Sweet

CJ Martin's Books

I’m always thrilled to get a new review–I do hope I get to a point soon when it becomes ordinary (hehe). But a review today really made my day.

Kattia from Florida wrote the kindest thing about my short story, Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter.

stars Short But Sweet, February 1, 2013
Kattia (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter (Kindle Edition)

The book as a whole is VERY small in size, but that does not mean it is not good! I was hesitant to get this because of its size. How could something so short possibly be all that good. I was pleasantly surprised to find my self corrected.

C.J. Martin has now become one of my favorite authors now because of this little story. The book literally jumps straight into the…

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Bad Ass Top Fives

Top Five Gangster Films:





1. Goodfellas (1990) dir. Martin Scorsese
2. Miller’s Crossing (1990) dir. Joel & Ethan Coen
3. City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002) dir. Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund
4. Colors (1988) dir. Dennis Hopper
5. (tie)
• Bugsy (1991) dir. Barry Levinson
• Mean Streets (1973) dir. Martin Scorsese



1. Bob the Gambler (Bob le Flambeur) (1956) dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
2. (tie)
• Goodfellas (1990) dir. Martin Scorsese
• The Killer (1989) dir. John Woo
• City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002) dir. Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund
3. The Italian Job (1969) dir. Peter Collinson
4. New Jack City (1991) dir. Mario Van Peebles
5. The Krays (1990) dir. Peter Medak



1. Miller’s Crossing (1990) dir. Joel and Ethan Coen
2. (tie)
• City of God (Cidade de Deus) (2002) dir. Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund
• A Prophet (Un…

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Yakuza Boss Gets Six Years

Beyond Peradventure

Kiyoshi Takayama, a reputed boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi clan within Japan’s organized crime network known as the Yakuza, has been sentenced to six years on an extortion conviction as reported by Jake Adelstein for The Daily Beast:  Takayama “was convicted of extorting cash totaling more than 40,000,000 yen (approximately $422,000) from a 67-year-old president of a construction industry in Kyoto under the pretext of  ‘protection money.'”

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