'm aiming for a book a week, 52 books in 2018. I hope you'll join me.
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
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!
Of all the summer projects I chose to tackle after relocating to Austin, Texas, the most challenging - and most fun! - was writing my first Shig Sato novella, Tokyo Summer. But it is available only to my email list subscribers. So don't miss out. Click here to sign up for all the Shig Sato … Continue reading Suicide or murder? A Shig Sato bonus novella just for you!
A reader discovering the world of Shig Sato will soon learn that food becomes in interesting side character - Miki's breakfast of miso soup and rice, Abe's early life growing up in a ramen shop, Ses Fujimori's love of okonomyaki, Shig's lunchtime katsudon, even Mos Hishida's nickname, a result of his steady diet of Japanese-style … Continue reading The World of Shig Sato: Food in Japan
If you've ever read a Shig Sato Mystery, you know the hapless Kobayashi twins can't buy a break. Will their luck change in Traitors & Lies? This is how it begins for them: • Sweat and grime was all Ishi and Joji Kobayashi had to show for their long hot weekend in an Osaki Police … Continue reading Are the Kobayashi twins in trouble again?
Shig Sato is asked to find a missing American naval officer. Only no one is telling the truth.