All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe

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Here is a deftly written thriller that is also a "deep and moody" (New York Times Book Review) journey through the dark side of Japan's consumer-crazed society. Ordinary people plunge into insurmountable, personal debt and fall prey to dangerous webs of underground creditors -- so dangerous, in fact, that murder may be the only way out. A beautiful young woman vanishes, and the detective quickly finds she is not whom she claimed to be. Is she a victim, a killer, or both? In a country that tracks its citizens at every turn, how can two women claim the same identity and then disappear without a trace?

About Miyuki Miyabe

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Miyuki Miyabe's first novel was published in 1987, and since that time she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's 2007 novel Brave Story won The Batchelder Award for best children's book in translation from the American Library Association. The Book of Heroes is her sixth novel to be translated into English.
Published February 1, 1997 by Kodansha Amer Inc. 296 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Honma's reluctant conclusion: because Shoko didn't know about her own bankruptcy--because she wasn't really Shoko Sekine at all but an impostor who'd assumed her identity.

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The boring cycle of idleness punctuated by painful physical therapy sessions comes to a halt when a nephew asks for Honma's help in finding his missing fiancee, whom he knows as Shoko Sekine.

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