Girl in a Box - Rei Shimura, Bk 9 Author:Sujata Massey Chronically under-employed Japanese-American sleuth Rei Shimura has taken a freelance gig with a Washington, D.C., alphabet agency that just might have ties to the CIA. Her mission, should she choose to accept it, is to go undercover as a clerk in a big Tokyo department store. It's a risky assignment, but it also gives Rei a store discount that ... more »allows her to freely indulge her shopaholic tendencies.
Meanwhile, she's listening in on private conversations, crashing a conference, and fending off the unwanted advances of a couple of the store's executives who seem fascinated by her navel ring. When her cover is blown, Rei is in big trouble. Suddenly she's neck-deep in something very nasty, and it will take all her resourcefulness and unorthodox methods to survive a determined killer.« less
Rei Shimura is back, and back in Japan! This time she ends up working undercover at a high end Japanese department store looking for proof of corruption. As with past books, Sujata Massey focuses on an aspect of Japanese Culture and we get an education along with our reading pleasure.
I really enjoyed this book more than the last couple in the series, and recommend it for fans of mysteries and Japanese culture. If you haven't read any of the books, I'd start with the first novel, The Salaryman's Wife, and read them in order.