The Floating Girl - Rei Shimura, Bk 4 Author:Sujata Massey Half-American, half-Japanese, Rei Shimura is finally beginning to feel like Tokyo is home. Now a writer on art and antiques at the Gaijin Times, a comic-style magazine aimed at affluent young readers, Rei's latest assignment is a piece on the history of comic book art. During a weekend of research and relaxation at her boyfriend Takeo's beachsid... more »e house, Rei stumbles upon the perfect subject: an exquisite modern comic that reveals the disturbing social milieu of pre-World War II Japan.
Rei art story, evolves into something much darker. One of the comic's young creators is found dead -- a murder that soon takes the tenacious Rei deep into the heart of Japan's youth underground. Immersed in the investigation, she finds herself floating through strip clubs, animation shops, and coffeehouses to get the true story -- and save her own skin.
This is the fourth book in the Rei Shimura Mysteries.« less
Fourth in the Rei Shimura mystery series set in Tokyo. This one gets into the whole culture of Japanese manga (comics) when Rei undertakes a freelance assignment from a magazine geared toward foreigners in Japan about the history of manga. When one of the members of a manga circle producing knock-off comics about popular Mars Girl is murdered, Rei once again becomes involved in a mystery since she interviewed the murdered man and has been looking for the missing artist of the group as well. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series immensely and this was no exception.
The fourth in the series of mysteries involving Rei Shimura, a young Japanese American woman living in Japan. This time she gets involved with the world of manga - Japanese comic books - and befriends a couple of male exotic dancers. When one of them is killed, Rei has to find the connections between the worlds, while trying not to become the killer's next target. Like the previous books in the series, this is well written and engaging. Recommended for Japanophiles, fans of manga, and anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a touch of the exotic,