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Tokyo Police Inspector (on leave) Shunsuke Honma receives a request from his banker nephew Jun to retrieve his fiancee, a beautiful young office worker he knows as Shoko Sekine. A routine application for a credit card on her behalf was refused because her name was blacklisted due to bankruptcy, and she disappeared without a word after being told.
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As Honma investigates her circumstances, he finds out that the people who know her (in person and/or name) have conflicting views of her. Honma's deduced motive for the escape: the woman didn't know about her own bankruptcy, because she wasn't Shoko Sekine at all but an impostor who had taken her name over. In a tight, controlled democratic society as Japan is, this (if not voluntarily) could only be accomplished either by coercion, fraud... or murder.

More than just a simple who-done-it, this book offers an amazing insight into how the Japanese civil identification process, as well as the credit card acquisition process worldwide, works, and offers you thoughts on possible solutions. Even without the yakuza and other such undesirable things and people you'd find only in societies like Japan, you'd certainly not want to go carelessly into investing on credit cards and loans after you read this.
The review of this Book prepared by Sergio Mendoza

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   commit white collar fraud or con Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   vigilante getting revenge Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   wealthy Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   diced    -   flamed Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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