Fraud. Arson. Murder. And an autistic boy’s life is in danger.
In The Thief’s Mistake – book 2 of the Shig Sato Mystery series – Shig is at his family home in Takatsu, forced into retirement because of his age, and mourning the loss of his beloved wife, Miki. But he must return to Tokyo to begin his life as a reluctant P.I. – his best friend and former police partner, Ken Abe, has been running the office in his absence, and is impatient for Shig’s return. Shig took on a client while still a police inspector, one of the wealthiest industrialists in Japan. Taking on a client is the same as making a promise, and for Shig, a promise is a promise.
But on his first day at the agency, Shig is accused of being an accomplice in a murder, falls under the suspicion of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s anti-organized crime bureau, is followed by a mysterious little man on a motorbike, and receives a summons to meet Ses Fujimori, notorious yakuza boss and Shig’s childhood friend – all because he decides to help the hapless Kobayashi twins. The police aren’t taking seriously their alibi after being caught trying to steal something.
Shig soon realizes it’s up to him to check out the twins’ story. When he hears an autistic boy repeat the twins’ phrase “the perfect plan,” he realizes it’s the boy who is in danger from a psychopath bent on arson and murder.
Will Shig save a child and stop a killer from striking again?