The Salaryman's Wife
Japanese-American Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo's seediest neighborhoods. She doesn't make much money, but she wouldn't go back home to California even if she had a free ticket (which, thanks to her parents, she does.) Her independence is threatened however,... show more
Japanese-American Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo's seediest neighborhoods. She doesn't make much money, but she wouldn't go back home to California even if she had a free ticket (which, thanks to her parents, she does.) Her independence is threatened however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town is marred by murder.Rei is the first to find the beautiful wife of a high-powered businessman, dead in the snow. Taking charge, as usual, Rei searches for clues by crashing a funeral, posing as a bar-girl, and somehow ending up pursued by police and paparazzi alike. In the meantime, she manages to piece together a strange, ever-changing puzzle—one that is built on lies and held together by years of sex and deception.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: April 5th 2000
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Asian Literature
, Mystery Thriller
, Cozy Mystery
, Japanese Literature
Series: Rei Shimura (#1)
The strength of using a first person point of view is voice, personality. Unfortunately, for me the voice of Rei Shimura, a 27-year-old American living in Japan, grates on me. She might be called prickly if I were being kind, and I found her a rather unamiable presence to filter this story through, ...
Really really liked it—reminded me of an Elizabeth Peters mystery—but I guessed both who the murderer was and their motive a third of the way through the book.
This book is the first in a mystery series set in contemporary (1990s) Japan. This book grabbed my attention in the first few chapters with the murder and the descriptions of Japanese culture. However, the book seemed to drag on and it was difficult to figure out why the main character cared so mu...
"I thought ruefully about about the Japanese belief that that there are no coincidences, that everything is part of a great cosmic plan."An interesting mystery set in Japan - in small towns and in Tokyo. I loved the descriptions of the setting and the culture. The story was well done, but there we...
One of the best things about bookswapping is coming across series you've never heard of before.In this case, it's the first book of a series set in Japan where our protagonist Rei Shimura (half-Japanese and American by birth) is teaching English and struggling to make ends meet by doing so. On a tri...