Girl in a Box by Sujata Massey

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Chronically underemployed 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 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.

 

About Sujata Massey

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Sujata Massey was a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun and spent several years in Japan teaching English and studying Japanese. She is the author of The Salaryman's Wife, Zen Attitude, The Flower Master, The Floating Girl, The Bride's Kimono, The Samurai's Daughter, The Pearl Diver, and The Typhoon Lover. She lives in Minneapolis.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Scooping up her boyfriend Takeo and a slew of comics, Rei is impressed with the Showa Story interpretation of Mars Girl, which reworks the mainstream comic heroine into a superheroine of the next century who goes back in time to the 1930s to solve prewar Japanese problems.

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Assigned to K Team, Mitsutan’s personal shopping corps for foreign customers, Rei is undermined at every turn by half-Korean co-worker Miyo, until Rei figures out the key to securing Miyo’s friendship: hooking her up with a wealthy gaijin, preferably American.

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The attention to sartorial details and the store's workings fascinates, but we get no sense of what — besides designer labels and her cute boss — makes Rei tick.

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USA Today

Fans of Sujata Massey's series starring stylish Japanese antiquities dealer Rei Shimura are in for a fashion show as well as a mystery. In her latest misadventure, Rei goes undercover in a Tokyo department store, where she is searching for proof that the store's books are cooked. ...

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Rei was out for her usual jog when she noticed someone running behind her.

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The 9th book of the Rei Shimura series by Suja Massey takes our heroine stimulating spaces and places.

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