An Intriguing Client
A passionate Attorney
A deadly game





An intriguing client. A passionate attorney. A deadly game.

by L. Mark Weeks

Top global technology lawyer Tornait “Torn” Sagara knows he shouldn’t get involved with his beautiful client, Saya Brooks, whose revolutionary lightning-on-demand invention will solve climate change and render all other energy sources obsolete. But their shared connection as hafu (half Japanese, half American) draws them irresistibly together.

Saya’s technology could save the world, but what’s good for the planet is bad news for those who profit from the status quo. Now, someone wants to stop Saya from commercializing her invention and will go to any lengths-even murder-to do so. When Torn takes Saya for a spin on his motorcycle, they are viciously attacked. That death-defying battle on a crowded Tokyo expressway is only the start of Torn’s wild ride.

As the violence escalates, Torn discovers that everything he values-his reputation, his family, and even his life-is on the line. Racing from the boardrooms of Tokyo to the wilds of Russia in a desperate search for the truth, Torn is forced to face his own flaws and discover what really matters most.

About the Author

L. M. (“Mark”) Weeks is uniquely qualified to write this international legal thriller. Like Torn, Mark was born in Alaska and for many years has practiced law in Tokyo, representing technology companies from all over the world in connection with their fundraising, intellectual property matters, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and related disputes. For more than 10 years, Mark was the managing partner of the Tokyo office of the global law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

He speaks, reads, and writes fluent Japanese, was an International Rotary Club scholar to Japan during high school, and graduated from International Christian University, a Japanese liberal arts college. Mark attended Fordham University School of Law in New York City, where he practiced law for almost sixteen years before relocating to Orrick’s Tokyo office in 2004. During his formative years in Japan, Mark earned a black belt in aikido.
Also, like Torn, he is an avid motorcyclist, and his adult son is biracial and bilingual and lives in Tokyo. In addition to riding motorcycles and writing, Mark’s other passion is saltwater fly-fishing.

*International law nerds would recognize L. M. Weeks as L. Mark Weeks, who practices international law in Japan.

Advance Praise for Bottled Lightning

Weeks excels at keeping the intensity impressively high throughout… a memorable work that would make for a stirring start to a series.

—- Kirkus Reviews

A highly entertaining,
engaging, and provocative thriller.

—-Ronald S. Barak,

#1 Amazon Bestselling Author, the Brooks/Lotello Thriller Series

Bottled Lightning reveals both the author’s deep experience and expertise on the book’s many topics and his keen ability to craft and deliver a thrilling, fascinating, and sexy tale of international intrigue.

—-Jeff Wexler,

Producer, Studio Ghibli and Studio Ponoc; Cross-Border Entertainment and Intellectual Property Lawyer

Fans of Barry Eisler and Barry Lancet will want to jump right in!

—-Leza Lowitz,


The novel takes the reader through the terrific twists and turns into which Torn is thrown but to which he reacts with remarkable effectiveness, even though much of the time he is grappling with an unknown foe. Takes the reader on a thrilling ride that doesn’t let up until the last line. I recommend Bottled Lightning to anyone looking for a great international legal thriller.

—-Akihiro Wani,

Senior Counselor, Morrison & Foerster; former Partner, Linklaters; Professor Emeritus, Sophia University Law School

As well as taking on many interesting details of Japanese culture, including its funeral rites, by the end readers will also be well acquainted with the flawed but lovable Torn and will hope for more visits to his between-worlds life.

Henrietta Verma,

“The twists and turns of this novel are engaging and cinematic. The behind-the-scenes details about life in upper-class corporate Japan are fascinating. Well done!

Susan Breen,

Author of THE FICTION CLASS and the MAGGIE DOVE mystery series

Not your father’s legal thriller. L. M. Weeks’s debut novel, BOTTLED LIGHTNING, hurtles the reader from one chapter to the next. Truly a winner! 

Larry Bates,

General Counsel at Panasonic; former Chief Legal Officer of LIXIL Global; former General Counsel, Japan at GE; former president of The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

A fast ride of international intrigue, one that will keep you spellbound. This novel gets my strongest recommendation. 

West Coast Don,

Men Reading Books

Much of the action in L. M. Weeks’s dark thriller, BOTTLED LIGHTNING, occurs in the Russian Far East. Having worked as a fish biologist in this vast, untamed, and largely unknown region for many decades, I can attest to the accuracy of Weeks’s cinematic descriptions of some of the darker aspects of what the author calls the ‘Wild Wild East.’ This is truly a BOOK WORTH READING! 

Mikhail Skopets,

PhD, Russian Ichthyologist and author of the highly acclaimed Fly Fishing Russia: The Far East

Reads like a James Bond novel, if (and no disrespect meant) Ian Fleming actually knew something about Japan. Brilliant! 

Tony Andriotis,

Partner and Head of International Arbitration, DLA Piper, Tokyo

… a multi-layered and fast-paced legal thriller that is both engaging and authentic because of Weeks’s comprehensive knowledge of international law practice, Japan, technology, and more. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to be transported to a fantastic world that feels so real.

Ralph Baxter,

Former Chairman and CEO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; global advisor to legal technology companies

Bottled Lightning shows us a Tokyo you’ve never seen before!

Scott Peterman,

Partner, K&L Gates; formerly the first Country Manager for Apple in China and Korea

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