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Shadow Family by Miyuki Miyabe -- one of Japan's foremost mystery writers -- is the second novel by the bestselling Japanese author to be translated into English (after the critically acclaimed All She Was Worth).
When a married businessman is found dead with 24 stab wounds in a new housing development and his college-age mistress is strangled to death near the karaoke club she worked at, members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department find evidence at the crime scenes that link the murders. After further investigation, the police discover that the businessman, Ryosuke Tokoroda --unhappily married, with an ill-tempered 16-year-old daughter -- has been spending much of his time in cyberspace participating as the father in an Internet family that interacts through chat rooms and message boards. But in the murky world of cyberspace, where anyone can pretend to be whoever they want to be, what happened when Tokoroda met his shadow family in real life?
While novels that have been translated from a foreign language often give readers that "lost in translation" feel, Shadow Family is a fluid, understated read that not only brings contemporary Japanese culture vividly to life but also explores the world of cyberspace, where millions of lonely people search for some kind of meaning in their lives. Mystery fans looking for something new should pick up this surprisingly compelling novel, which deals with culturally transcendent themes like betrayal, abandonment, and redemption. With a plot complexity comparable to Agatha Christie and the police procedural proficiency of an Ed McBain 87th Precinct novel, absolutely nothing about Miyabe's Shadow Family is lost is translation. Paul Goat Allen