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East is East (John Putnam Thatcher, Bk 21)
East is East - John Putnam Thatcher, Bk 21 Author:Emma Lathen John Putnam Thatcher makes his twenty-first appearance in this latest Emma Lathen mystery when the Wall Street banking whiz/amateur sleuth faces the inscrutable business practices, mayhem, and murder, in the Land of the Rising Sun. — Thatcher, executive vice president of Sloan Guaranty Trust, is off to Japan to discuss a possible joint venture be... more »tween SloanCorp., his company's investment banking arm; and Japanese banks in order to fend off a possible feared takeover. Meanwhile, the head of Lackawanna Electric Industries, America's largest electronics complex, has also arrived, to announce his company's distruibution deal with the Yanezawa Trading Corp., the result of which could lead to a major competitive assault on Japan's own electronic behemoths.
But when golfing and tea ceremonies lead to the sudden and violent death of a lowly but deviously ambitious member of the powerful Ministry of International Trade and Investment, Thatcher finds himself entangled in an ever-widening web of mystery and murder.« less