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License notes: Originally Published by Grafton Books 1990
Copyright © Dov Silverman 1990, 2012
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For my granddaughter, Anav Helen With all my love
To my wife Janet, Editor of all my works
Edyth H. Geiger Dr Morris and Dora Molinoff Malka Rabinowitz Sylvia and Mel Springer Paula and Leslie Tint
Springtime and song or
Dark wings and bare trees.
1 March 1894
From his apartment in the imperial palace, John Mung’s eyes followed the rising sun. Diaphanous rays lacquered the tiled rooftops of Tokyo a molten gold. Mung - Moryiama Ishikawa - assumed a yoga stance. He inhaled the fiery light into his belly and up into his lungs. The sight of the distant peak of Mount Fuji sharpened, and Mung spread his arms wide as he exhaled. This was an exhilarating part of his day. Although chief of the Emperor’s personal intelligence organization, the Black Dragon was a man who preferred solitude. Now, at the age of sixty-seven, he had been recalled to public life.