Southland Book Review Summary

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This story is set in Los Angeles during 1930 to present and is the tale of a Japanese family and a murder that takes place during the Watts uprising in 1965. There were 4 black Negro boys found murdered in Frank Sakai's walk-in freezer. His grand daughter has found something in an earlier will leaving money to a man named Curtis Martindale and when she goes to find him, she finds out that he was one of the boys found in the walk-in freezer. Jackie, Frank's granddaughter, teams up with a man by the name of James Lanier who was a cousin to Curtis to hopefully find the truth.

The story goes from Frank being a young boy in Angeles Mesa to present day when he has just passed on. He left a box of items that Jackie has went through to see if there are any clues for $40,000, Frank left.

It took me a while to get used to the book jumping from one time frame to another and also from one person to another person. But I am glad that I stuck with it, because it is a very well done book. There is also a lesbian relationship that Jackie is trying to work out for herself.
The review of this Book prepared by Connie Rutter

Christine Packham on 10/12/2016 4:29:36 PM says: I just started reading this book and I am confused. Jackie's sister and mother are both named Rose, and Jackie's father and grandfather are both named Frank. Is this the norm in Japanese-American culture? Also at one point Jackie thinks about how her grandfather must have been upset at having only one granddaughter (Jackie). However, Jackie has an older sister (Rose), so Jackie was actually his second granddaughter. Finally, on page 41 Jackie and her girlfriend Laura discuss whether or not to go to a cocktail party - but then on page 45 suddenly start referring to it as a dinner. If someone can provide some explanation for all this, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Japanese


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   lesbians! Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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