January 14

He Should Have Been More Discerning In His Choice of Friends

Mom was right: if you want to be a successful criminal, avoid joining an organization that might cut off one of your fingers when you make a blunder. This guy was 44 years old when he became a fugitive, only slightly above average height, and has four missing front teeth that by now might be hidden by a little dental work, a mask or a beard. He’s so ordinary, he could have blended into any crowd, no problem, if it weren’t for that pesky missing ring finger on his left hand.

Jonelle Patrick is the author of  four novels set in Tokyo

A young woman dressed as a Gothic Lolita is found dead in a car with two strangers. But the more Yumi Hata learns about her friend’s death, the more she’s convinced it was murder…read more