Death in Little Tokyo by Dale Furutani
A Ken Tanaka Mystery

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A femme fatale asks mystery buff and amateur sleuth Ken Tanaka to take on a case for her--which he does on a lark--but he soon finds himself involved in a murder in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo.
 

About Dale Furutani

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Author and businessman Dale Furutani was born in Hawaii on December 1, 1946. He earned a creative writing degree from California State University, and an M.B.A. from UCLA. As a businessman, Furutani worked in the automotive industry, was president of a software company, and founded a consulting company. As a novelist, Furutani won the Macavity and Anthony Awards for his first work, Death in Little Tokyo. After being named the first Asian American to win a major mystery award, Furutani went on to write his second novel, The Toyotomi Blades.
 
Published October 1, 1996 by St Martins Pr. 193 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Unfortunately, while charmless narrator Ken occasionally strains for humor, the filler here (except for a few persuasive glimpses into the Japanese-American community) is consistently unengaging: earnest exchanges between Ken and girlfriend Mariko, a recovering alcoholic;

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Furutani gives a short course on Japanese-American culture on the West Coast in this pedantic, occasionally poetic debut. Unemployed computer programmer Ken Tanaka rents an office and fixes it up to l

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He exercises his samurai skills in martial arts, in cultivated patience and in cunning intelligence through which he understands the obvious and hidden links among the local peasants, the petty village officials, its Lord and the band of local outlaws whose power has recently increased.

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Despite repeated cautions by Mariko and the insensitive detective in charge, Ken, who solves Mystery Club puzzles faster than other members, determines to find out why the man was killed and by whom.

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