Richard Mitchell used quick wits and a degree in Japanese studies to turn his job as a bike messenger in central London into a position as a securities analyst in Tokyo. Those wits should help make him a financial whiz kid - if his career isn't ruined first by his having to recommend the underwriting of a run-down company at the insistence of his new boss, Yazawa, a strange, mercurial man who seemed to appear out of the blue three months ago. Meanwhile, Kazuo Mori, a maverick private eye in the world's most conformist society, is trying to retain his independence as he investigates the murder of a friend's daughter. His inquiries seem to be leading him toward the radical Peace Technology cult - it's just that anytime he makes progress, somebody tries to kill him. Buddha Kiss is a thriller with echoes of the Kobe earthquake, the Nick Leeson/Barings scandal, and the Tokyo subway gas attacks - though it was written, uncannily, before any of these stories made news.
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Published January 1, 1996
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime.