The Kizuna Coastby sujata massey
The mystery begins with an SOS from Rei's friend, the antiques dealer Mr. Ishida, trapped among thousands of displaced and dead on the Tohoku coast. Rei rushes from Hawaii to Japan, where she discovers Ishida Antiques may
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When a devastating earthquake rocks Japan's northeast cost, a tsunami follows and Rei Shimura is swept into her most rugged adventure yet.
The mystery begins with an SOS from Rei's friend, the antiques dealer Mr. Ishida, trapped among thousands of displaced and dead on the Tohoku coast. Rei rushes from Hawaii to Japan, where she discovers Ishida Antiques may have been burglarized.
Rei takes Mr. Ishida's abandoned dog, Hachiko, on a volunteer bus to the ravaged town of Sugihama. But Mr. Ishida's got more work for her, since he lost contact with his antiques apprentice Mayumi and is frantic with worry. He won't leave Sugihama without knowing the fate of the troubled 19-year-old girl from a famous lacquer-making family.
Calling on disaster survivors and volunteers--and her knowledge of Japanese manners and history--Rei investigates the suspicious disappearance. From Sugihama's muddy shops and shelters, to the buzzing bars and bathhouses of Tokyo, it's a suspenseful journey. But as Rei draws closer to the truth, she realizes that she's being stalked. Who is following her--and can she survive the wave of danger she never saw coming?
THE KIZUNA COAST is the latest novel in a sexy, smart and humorous mystery series that has won the Agatha and Macavity international mystery awards and been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. It's bound to intrigue new readers and satisfy longtime Sujata Massey fans.
Meet the Author
Sujata Massey is the author of eleven mystery novels set in modern Japan featuring young Japanese-American sleuth Rei Shimura. She's also the author of internationally-acclaimed historical novels set in late colonial India, The Sleeping Dictionary and The Ayah's Tale.
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I have read all her 10 books in this series and they are fascinating, intriguing, awesome reads. A great way to learn more about Japanese culture. I was SO EXCITED to find this new book in the series I bought the nook version and the hard copy to share with my friends. She ROCKS! Her Sleeping Dictionary that takes place in India is also a GREAT READ!
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan and the world watched in horror as the ruinous effects unfolded, including the frightening damage to a nuclear plant and the deaths of more than 15,000 people. Four years later, more than 300,000 survivors still live in temporary housing and many who were exposed to radiation from the nuclear plant are coping with health problems. Rei Shimura's first thoughts are to find Yasushi Ishida, her mentor who is not answering his phone, but she soon discovers that while he is alive, Mayumi, a young apprentice, is missing. Rei, as any of her fans would expect, heads to Japan right away, directly into the devastation. She has solved mysteries before but this one will test her limits as she encounters destruction and untold suffering everywhere she goes. Rei has always been one of my favorite characters in the mystery world, especially among those who take me to exotic places, and I have missed her and her inability to succumb to defeatism in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Her quirkiness and humor are infectious and I'm thrilled to have her back in my life. Note: I sound like a crazy fan, don't I? One might even say I'm a bit of a stalker but I really do know that Rei is a fictional sleuth ;-) Sujata Massey writes a cracking good mystery (with a fabulously helpful cast of characters!) but it's easy to see that the earthquake and tsunami struck a chord in her. Much of The Kizuna Coast revolves around the aftermath and Ms. Massey's emotions clearly shine through Rei's own. I've always enjoyed this series but, somehow, The Kizuna Coast has a depth to it I haven't seen before and I appreciated the way the author brought heart to a terrible event. I can't recommend this book highly enough whether others have read the series from the beginning or not.