Book Review Wednesday – The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance

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

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Get to know Shig Sato – Where Shig Lives

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

National Autism Awareness Month

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

The World of Shig Sato: Obon festivals

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

The World of Shig Sato: Ses Fujimori and the yakuza

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