The Floating Girl [NOOK Book]

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Comics, beaches and college kids collide in Rei Shimura's fourth Tokyo mystery. Rei, a young American antiques buyer, thinks that writing a magazine column about the history of comic books will boost her business in Tokyo. During a weekend of relaxation at her boyfriend Takeo's beach house, she fixes on the perfect subject: an exquisite modern comic that reveals the disturbing social milieu of pre-World War II Japan. But when one of the comic's young creators is killed, Rei is drawn into Japan's youth ...
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The Floating Girl

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Overview

Comics, beaches and college kids collide in Rei Shimura's fourth Tokyo mystery. Rei, a young American antiques buyer, thinks that writing a magazine column about the history of comic books will boost her business in Tokyo. During a weekend of relaxation at her boyfriend Takeo's beach house, she fixes on the perfect subject: an exquisite modern comic that reveals the disturbing social milieu of pre-World War II Japan. But when one of the comic's young creators is killed, Rei is drawn into Japan's youth underground. She floats through strip clubs, anime shops and coffeehouses, and ultimately, into the Pacific Ocean itself. But will she get the story before the killer gets her?

An edgy, sexy mystery with an undercurrent of humor.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Editor's Choice
"Rei is one of the most complex female protagonists around. She is Japanese, but she is also an American living in Japan, and this dichotomy gives her observations on Japanese culture a fascinating double edge."
The Denver Post - Tom and Enid Schantz
"The real strength of this book is the portrayal of Rei's continuing struggle to both accept and be accepted in her adopted home."
Publisher's Weekly
"Sujata Massey takes readers on a thoughtful tour of contemporary Japanese youth culture in this accomplished murder mystery...Deftly sketching everyday life in parts of Tokyo rarely seen by tourists, Massey tells a series of overlapping stories about identity, the popular media and the hilarious frenzy of contemporary comic book culture."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149355969
  • Publisher: Sujata Massey
  • Publication date: 5/29/2014
  • Series: The Rei Shimura Mysteries , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 184,800
  • File size: 464 KB

Meet the Author

Sujata Massey is the Agatha and Macavity Award winning author of the Rei Shimura mystery series, ten novels and collected short stories featuring Rei Shimura, a smart and sexy young antiques buyer in modern Tokyo. Sujata began writing about Japan when lived there in the 1990s. She's also the author of historical novels set in India, including The Sleeping Dictionary novel and a novella called The Ayah's Tale.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    it can make you float

    very enticing, brings you to japanese culture,and manga comics. suspense in its own right..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    Japanese Popular cluture

    this book relates to the modern japanese clutlre, it relates to the cospaly scene veyr well being a cosplayer myslef (J-rock only) (Japanese Rock music / visual rock , like Dir en Grey and Malice Mizer) about the coffe shops and manga stores is correcty reperspted. this is a book i could not put down.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Entertaining tale that showcases Japanese culture

    Japanese-American Rei Shimura leaves her San Francisco home where her family lives to immigrate to Japan. She hopes to find work as a museum curator. Though she speaks the language fluently and has family in the country, Rei learns that it is almost impossible for foreigners to attain a decent job. Determined to remain in her the country of her ancestors, Rei opens up an antique business. She scouts flea markets and estate sales for merchandise to sell to foreigners interested in Japanese antiquities. Rei supplements her income by writing articles for the Gaijin Times, an English language magazine targeting the foreign population residing in Japan. <P>When the editor leaves the magazine, the owner decides to change the format so that the Gaijin Times would look like the popular manga art form seen in comic books and animation. Rei is persuaded to write an article about the daujimshi, amateur works of popular comic book icons such as Mars Girl. However, her straightforward human-interest story takes a homicidal twist, one that Rei is determined to solve. She dearly wants as an exclusive for her magazine. <P>THE FLOATING GIRL is a special novel that immerses the audience into Japanese culture. It is fascinating to see all the subtle ways a foreigner is discriminated against by citizens who treat the immigrants as pesky guests who have outstayed their welcome. The heroine¿s determination to live in Japan despite the xenophobic sentiment is laudable. The entertaining mystery has many red herrings and unexpected turns, but the heart of Sujata Massey¿s compelling story resides in the characters who make living in Tokyo that an exciting but realistic adventure. <P>Harriet Klausner

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    Posted June 12, 2010

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