|Plot Summary of All She Was Worth|
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.
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.
This synopsis report prepared by Sergio Mendoza
|Chapter Analysis of All She Was Worth|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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:
Kind of investigator
- police procedural, American
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
The crook is....
- commit white collar fraud or con
- vigilante getting revenge
Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
- Dirty, dangerous (like New York)
Small town people:
- dumb rednecks, like Gomer Pyle
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
- dropped from large heights
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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