In Tokyo, a love triangle tragically unravels. One woman is presumed dead and the man has disappeared. Now, the third party, a young Englishwoman named Lucy Fly is in custody-and considered the chief suspect. In Susanna Jones' haunting debut novel THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD, readers are taken inside the mind of Lucy, who has fled a painful past in Yorkshire to work as a translator in Japan. It is there that she begins an intensely erotic affair with a brilliant and secretive photographer named Teiji. But it is when Lucy and Teiji befriend Lily Bridges that Lucy's own life begins to fall apart. For now, the police are accusing her of killing Lily, because it's becoming clear that she's had the motive, the means, and the opportunity.
Author Biography: The release of this trade title ties in to the publication of the author's new hardcover, Waterlily (Mysterious Press, 3/03). Susanna Jones lives in Brighton, England.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book reads very easily and has enough of a view into Japanese culture so as not to distract the reader. It really held me in suspense until the end.
only tried it out of curiosity as AN Wilson (an english reviewer) though it superb. i have to agree with him. i am an english lit graduate and so have read hundreds of books, and this is one of the best. i womt tell you what it is about or why i love it, just read it and you'll see what i mean when i say it is fantastic!!
The Japanese police find the dismembered torso of a female in Tokyo Bay. They believe the victim is Lily Bridges, a Yorkshire, England woman who tended bar in the city. The prime suspect is a compatriot, Lucy Fly, who works as a translator. The third person involved in a triangle with the two women is photographer Teiji, but he has vanished. The police question Lucy who speaks about herself as if she was referring to someone else. Lucy sort of hints at doing the crime, but has not actually confessed. Instead the vulnerable Englishwoman never quite explains why she left her country or what she is doing in Japan, nor can she provide depth to an alleged deep love affair with her missing Japanese lover, or fully elucidate her relationship with the culprit here and in England. The police (and the readers) wonder if she really killed Lily or is she just a crazy person unable to cope with life? THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD is a powerful debut tale that is part psychological drama and part police procedural. Because of elements from both sub-genres strongly used in the story line, readers do not know which way the plot will spin until the novel reaches its disturbing but clever climax. Susanna Jones has written an incredible shocker of a tale that will leave the audience demanding more books like this triumphant chiller from a new talent whose abilities will send tremors throughout the genre. Harriet Klausner