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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2006

    Wonderful, compassionate and gripping tale

    My wife ran across this novel in one of her Japanese language newspapers, and recommended it to me. Set in Los Angeles in the era between World War Two and the Watts riots of 1965, Nina Revoyr writes a gripping tale of racial hatred, suffering, denial and murder. When a young law student, Jackie Ishida goes through papers left by her grandfather Frank Sakai, she runs across a reference to the unsolved murder of four young black men who were found dead in her grandfather's store after the riots ended. Picking up the trail leads to a surprising revelation about who the killer is. I lived through the era that Ms. Revoyr writes about, and reading the novel brought back many important memories that stand as reminders about the work we have yet to do to make our country what it can be. We have come a long way since that era, but we have not finished the work that was begun so long ago. Kudos for Nina Revoyr for writing such a fine book. I look forward to more fine writing from her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    PLEASE read this book!

    This is a generous, beautiful work of fiction that illuminates some of the ugliest moments in our American experience but also lends room for hope with rich characters that prove there is goodness in the human spirit. I have spent a lot of time in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, having made weekend trips there my entire life and attending USC, and then working in a Japanese restaurant in the area post-graduation. I loved that this book takes place in an area I have come to know so well. Being historical fiction and a murder mystery, this story manages to transcend even those labels. This book shook me to my core, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2003

    Southland

    This one is tightly written and will hold your interest till the end. The characters are well developed and plausible. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    Southland

    This book will keep you guesing and the characters are well developed as well. A pleasant surprise - excellant book.

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