The book-a-week challenge continues with Glen Barrera's Assassin Who Couldn't Dance. There are some books that are nightstand dust collectors. Some are the type where you read a few pages at a time before going to bed. Or maybe a chapter, a book read on and off over the course of a few months, or … Continue reading Book Review Wednesday – The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance
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
A young woman is dead. Who tells her parents? What hell do they suffer when they must identify the body?
(Sato learns the victim's ex-boyfriend is a U.S. Marine who is nowhere to be found. Sato knows it can take days to find someone in a city the size of Tokyo. He has a decision to make: go through official channels, or call a Navy investigator he has met in the past. - An excerpt from … Continue reading Sato goes looking for a Marine
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?
The Gangster's Son and The Thief's Mistake are free Labor Day Weekend - it's a great way to discover the world of Shig Sato. Just click here and then once more - or twice! - for your copies - yep - for free. And be sure to look out for Shig Sato No. 3, Traitors & Lies, … Continue reading Freebie Weekend – The Gangster’s Son : A body identified
April is Autism Awareness Month. In my #ShigSato mystery The Thief's Mistake, a boy with autism provides key information for Sato in his quest to stop a psychotic killer. For every book sold in April, I am contributing the proceeds from the book's sale to the Autism Society. Here are some links: kindle mybook.to/SSMb nook http://bit.ly/1UGOkkd iBook http://apple.co/1KfecNv smashwords http://bit.ly/1UwDNrw #AustimFriendly #NAAM16 … Continue reading National Autism Awareness Month
Summer festivals are common throughout Japan, their beginnings traced to the annual Buddhist event honoring ancestors. Changes in calendar and regional preferences have some events in July, others in August. In Book 2 of the Shig Sato Mystery series "The Thief's Mistake," Shig Sato and other characters refer to 'the holidays.' July, and especially August, are … Continue reading The World of Shig Sato: Obon festivals
Tokyo, 1991. Our hero Shig Sato suffers a double whammy that summer. When he closes the file on the murder of Kimi Yamada, he never returns to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. He accepts his forced retirement, but that is an afterthought as he tends to his beloved wife Miki during her final days. Her death … Continue reading The World of Shig Sato: Japan Inc.
Yakuza. In some countries it's called tong, triad, mafia, la cosa nostra -- in Japan it's yakuza. Organized crime. As an institution, it is a part of the fabric of Japanese life. For an individual, yakuza means many things: outcast, criminal, brother, compatriot. But what is yakuza? Our hero Shig Sato's closest childhood friend is Ses Fujimori, … Continue reading The World of Shig Sato: Ses Fujimori and the yakuza