The Earthquake Bird by Susanna Jones

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A haunting first novel set in Tokyo, "The Earthquake Bird" reveals a murder on its first page and takes its readers into the mind of the chief suspect, Lucy Fly -- a young vulnerable English girl living and working in Tokyo as a translator. Lucy grew up in England, and still harbors painful memories of her childhood in Yorkshire. Only her fascination with music and language provide her with a final break from her past, allowing her to move to Tokyo and start a new life as a translator of technical books. There, she begins an intensely erotic affair with a brilliant and secretive photographer named Teiji. But when Lucy befriends Lily Bridges, a young woman who has also fled trouble in Yorkshire, her life begins to unravel. Lucy doesn't like being reminded of what she left behind in England. Nor does she like Teiji's friendship with Lily. Now the police have accused her of killing Lily, because it is becoming apparent that Lucy has had the motive, the means, and the opportunity.

About Susanna Jones

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She was born in 1967 & grew up in Yorkshire. Her interest in Japan began when she was at London University where, as part of her drama degree, she studied Japanese Noh theatre. This interest took her to Japan where she lived & worked for years. She received a M. A. in writing at Manchester University. She currently lives in Brighton, where she continues to study Japanese.
Published September 9, 2009 by Mysterious Press. 226 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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The Execution Hugo Wilcken Flamingo £9.99, pp202 Buy it at a discount at BOL The Earthquake Bird Susanna Jones Picador £12.99, pp212 Buy it at a discount at BOL My Little Blue Dress Bruno Maddox Little, Brown £12.99, pp298 Buy it at a discount at BOL May's best three debutants come sw...

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"If Lily had never met me she would be alive now," says Lucy Fly, the narrator of Jones's intriguing debut.

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Reviewing the Evidence

THE EARTHQUAKE BIRD opens in a Tokyo police station, where Lucy Fly, a young woman originally from Yorkshire is under investigation for the murder of her friend, Lily, another Yorkshire lass.

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The Japanese police find the dismembered torso of a female in Tokyo Bay.

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