Japan has many holidays - but is there a holiday like Thanksgiving? No, not exactly. But there is a holiday called "Labor Thanksgiving Day" (Kinro-kansha-no-hi) and it is celebrated November 23! It has a similar meaning - a fall harvest festival - and in 1948 it became "a holiday to honor labor, celebrate manufacturing, and … Continue reading Get to know Shig Sato – Holidays in Japan
In the Shig Sato Mystery series, Shig goes from being a respected police officer to, after his mandatory retirement, a private investigator. He had no real plans to become a P.I., and only mentioned it to his superior, the superintendent-general, as a quick way to end a conversation. Then Shig received a note from Kazuo … Continue reading Get to know Shig Sato – Private investigators in Japan
Shig lives in Hyakunincho, Shinjuku, a Tokyo neighborhood very much a part of its urban landscape. Central Tokyo is considered to be inside the Yamanote Commuter Line 'circle.' Hyakunincho is one of the many Yamanote neighborhoods that encircle the city. A ride on the Yamanote line can take you to Tokyo's festive Ueno Park for … Continue reading Get to know Shig Sato – Where Shig Lives
Cat's Meow, my latest Shig Sato Mystery, could have been ripped from the headlines — but it wasn't. I write about crime and events that are common anywhere in the world, but place them in 1990s Tokyo, with my characters Shig Sato, Ken Abe, Mo Kato, Hisoka Endo, the Kobayashi twins, and all the other … Continue reading Get to know Shig Sato – Serial Killers in Japan
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (Keishichoo) serves as the police force for the Tokyo metropolis. It is headed by a superintendent general, who is appointed by the National Public Safety Commission and approved by the Prime Minister. The headquarters building, shaped like a wedge with cylindrical towers on top, is located in the Kasumigaseki district, … Continue reading Get to know Shig Sato – Tokyo Metropolitan Police
KGB. GRU. CIA. The Cold War. It's the stuff of thrilling writing. But do you know the story behind the story? In Traitors & Lies, Tokyo's reluctant P.I., Shig Sato, finds himself entangled in high-stakes international espionage in early 1990s Tokyo. It doesn't take long for Shig to realize he's been lied to, and might … Continue reading Japan & Espionage: Shig Sato wasn’t the first to fall into a trap
Glancing at the paper, Sato jumped up out of his chair and pounded his fist on the table. Abe, who had been climbing the steps behind the young officer, rushed into the room, startled to see the frightened young officer and the animated Sato.
A young woman is dead. Who tells her parents? What hell do they suffer when they must identify the body?
A deaperate housewife. A miserable husband. Then death intervenes. Was it suicide, or murder?
The Gangster's Son was published over three years ago as book one in the Shig Sato Mystery series. Set in Tokyo in the 1990s, it features a police inspector, Shig Sato, who is at a crossroads: mandatory retirement and a wife who is terminally ill. Upon his return to Azabu Police Station in the Roppongi … Continue reading Many Thanks!