When the top American diplomat in Tokyo, Bernard Mattson, is killed, he leaves more than a lifetime of successful Japan-American negotiations. He leaves a missing manuscript, a lost keynote speech and a tangled web of relations. When his alluring daughter, Jamie, returns from America wanting answers, Detective Hiroshi Shimizu is dragged from the safe confines of his office into the street-level realities of Pacific Rim politics. Hiroshi searches for the killer from Tokyo’s back alley bars to government offices, through anti-nuke protests to an American naval base. When more bodies turn up, Hiroshi must choose between desire and duty.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I worked in the editorial section of The Japan Times for many years, so many of the ideas came from there. Japan is a safe country, relatively, though not completely. Mostly, though, just living in Tokyo is enough of an inspiration. Every day throws up reasons to write and respond to the intensity of life here.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I wanted to get down some of the old Japan (and China) hands I've met over the years. Those older expats had amazing experiences and they are all fascinating characters. Unfortunately, the old Japan hand in this novel is dead from the start. I am also intrigued by characters who are trapped between cultures. I've taught many students like that, and living in Tokyo for 20 years, I'm a bit that way myself, too.
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