Dreaming Pachinko / Edition 1by Isaac Adamson
Pub. Date: 05/06/2003
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Tokyo, July 2001: Hard-boiled reporter Billy Chaka is back in the neon metropolis interviewing a has-been pop singer turned pachinko fanatic for Youth in Asia magazine. Looks like an easy assignment until he witnesses a beautiful young woman suffer a seizure in the Lucky Benten pachinko hall. When she is later found dead beneath the expressway, Chaka becomes
Tokyo, July 2001: Hard-boiled reporter Billy Chaka is back in the neon metropolis interviewing a has-been pop singer turned pachinko fanatic for Youth in Asia magazine. Looks like an easy assignment until he witnesses a beautiful young woman suffer a seizure in the Lucky Benten pachinko hall. When she is later found dead beneath the expressway, Chaka becomes embroiled in an apparent blackmail plot involving a Ministry of Construction official, a brash nineteen-year-old girl, a shadowy entity known only as "Mr. Bojangles," and four silent figures who have a penchant for showing up uninvited inside Chaka's hotel room.
As the bodies pile up and the mystery deepens, Chaka must untangle the lies, obsessions, and seemingly supernatural events that link the dead woman to a forgotten, bloody incident from the desperate closing days of World War II. Spellbinding and hilarious, Dreaming Pachinko will take you on a surreal thrill- ride through the city of the future -- a place where no one can escape the past.
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The man character, Billy Chaka who's a writer for an asian magazine in Cleveland. Chaka has come to Japan to write a story about 1 hit wonder artists and where they were now. He finds his target in a pachinko hall where he spends most of his time and drained his money. During there interview a nearby pachinko machine patron falls to the floor having a seizure, Chaka comes to her aid and waits for the ambuelance to arrive and take her away. Chaka trys to tell his editor that there is no real story to where Gombei(the fallen star)has gone or his going because he lives a dull and boring life after the fateful accident that left his long time lover and partner in music dead. The death of his lover ruined is career and now he sits around and plays pachinko all day, not the type of story Chaka wants to write. Soon after the talk with the his editor, a car was sent to Chaka's hotel and brought him to a man who told Chaka he was Miyuki's father who was the girl from the pachinko hall. That night Chaka saw a girl being pulled out of a river and it was Miyuki and she was dead. Chaka then begins to go around town trying to discover what happand to Miyuki and uses his resources in Japan that mostly include help from some friends. He uncovers a secret about WW2 and a japanese temple that remained unscathed from bombings from America. There was a special idol that was in this temple that allowed it to not be hit by any bombs dropped on Japan. Chaka provides nonstop action while trying to gigure out an interesting mystery over 50 years old!