The Floating Girl by Sujata Massey

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Half-American, half-Japanese, Rei Shimura is finally beginning to feel like Tokyo is home. Now a writer on art and antiques at the Gaijin Times, a comic-style magazine aimed at affluent young readers, Rei's latest assignment is a piece on the history of comic book art. During a weekend of research and relaxation at her boyfriend Takeo's beachside house, Rei stumbles upon the perfect subject: an exquisite modern comic that reveals the disturbing social milieu of pre-World War II Japan.

Rei art story, evolves into something much darker. One of the comic's young creators is found dead -- a murder that soon takes the tenacious Rei deep into the heart of Japan's youth underground. Immersed in the investigation, she finds herself floating through strip clubs, animation shops, and coffeehouses to get the true story -- and save her own skin.


About Sujata Massey

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Sujata Massey was born in Sussex, England in 1964 and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1986. She moved to Japan after marrying a Naval officer stationed there, taking a job as an English teacher. Massey is the author of "The Salaryman's Wife," winner of the 1998 Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and "Zen Attitude," mysteries set in contemporary Japan.
Published May 28, 2014 by Ikat Press. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When the paper's owner decides to transform the publication from a conventional news outlet to a comic book magazine, Shimura gets what is, for her, an unwanted assignment--to write an article on the history and culture of manga, or Japanese comic books.

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Takeo tries to show Rei what the various comics mean, from ones focusing on gardening and history to superhero adventures, how the sexual references and sometimes sexual stories reflect different values from Rei's modern California upbringing (but, no matter how Takeo explains it, Rei, like me, r...

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