The new book is a two-timeline tale, with one thread taking place in the samurai era, and the other unspooling in modern-day Tokyo, where two women from opposite sides of the globe discover that both their futures depend on possessing a cultural treasure that’s been missing since before they were born, but neither can get her hands on it without the other.
But the places in the book are based on real stuff that still exists in Japan today. Here are a few of them!
Those of you who have been joining me here and on my Tokyo travel blog, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had will recognize all kinds of stuff in the book, because all that time you thought I was just franting about town, I was actually doing Serious Book Research! (Okay, also some franting.)
But check these out:
“A wonderful blend of history and mystery.” —Laura Joh Rowland, author of The Iris Fan
“I don’t know when I’ve been more caught up in a story. A masterful achievement.” —Terry Shames, award-winning author of An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock
“An immersive page-turner, meticulously researched and perfectly plotted. Without question, the best book I have read all year.” —Susan Spann, author of the Hiro Hattori mysteries and CLIMB
Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!