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Recovering from a leg injury, a 43-year-old Tokyo police inspector named Shunsuke Honma realizes how out of touch he has become when a relative asks him to make some private inquiries into the disappearance of his fiancée. While he wasn't paying attention, it seems that everyone in the country but Honma has been caught up in a consumer feeding frenzy--going into heavy debt and declaring bankruptcy at a snowballing rate. This engrossing story of the search for happiness through shopping marks the first appearance in English of one of Japan's leading writers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The horror in this beautifully fashioned tale of stolen identity lies not in the cold-blooded crimes but in the motive?a desperate hunger for consumer goods. Shunsuke Honma, a widowed 43-year-old Tokyo police inspector with a 10-year-old son, is on disability leave. The boring cycle of idleness punctuated by painful physical therapy sessions comes to a halt when a nephew asks for Honma's help in finding his missing fiancee, whom he knows as Shoko Sekine. As Honma's search intensifies, he realizes the fiancee had actually assumed Sekine's identity and possibly killed her. For the American reader, the jewel in this enormously compelling novel is the portrait of working- and middle-class Japanese getting caught in a cycle of astronomical personal debt in order to enjoy the good life. Also eye-opening is Japan's elaborate registry system for keeping track of its citizenry. In order to become Shoko Sekine, the impostor had to perpetrate an ingeniously elaborate series of hoaxes and lies. Honma is tenacious, methodical, an attentive listener with a retentive memory and the ability to connect disparate bits of information. The trail takes him back through the real Sekine's history and into the life of the other woman, whose family ran afoul of vicious loan sharks. Miyabe drives her complex plot with spare prose, combining expert pacing and psychological nuance to ultimately haunting effect. (Feb.) FYI: All She Was worth was named Best Novel of the year and Best Mystery for 1992 in Japan.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's been months and I still remember the story of this book vividly. I can think of few better compliments! Read morePublished 13 months ago by SirVincealot
It is extremely interesting to read the customer reviews such as the one which gives this book a low rating because it has "an unsatisfying ending". Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003
The book kept me glued from begining to end. Miyabe-san is on her way to one day catch up with the author I consider the most prolific Japanese mistery writter, Mr. Read morePublished on March 11 2003 by Andres Klingberg
This is one of the books that I have wanted to read for quite some time but for some reason or another have put it off. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2002 by Daitokuji31
I had never read anything of Miyabe's before so I wasn't sure what to expect. I had heard about all of the hype this book received in Japan, so I was curious to see what it would... Read morePublished on June 27 2002 by C. E. Stevens
Miyabe's first book in translation is a solid mystery with an engaging investigator, but suffers slightly from an occasionally lecturing tone. Read morePublished on June 12 2002 by A. Ross
Miyabe Miyuki (the Japanese way, last name first) is a distingushed writer in Japan. She has written dozens of novels, both period pieces and modern stories, such as this one. Read morePublished on May 13 2002 by Isabella K. Badenoch
In Japan, a police inspector on leave to recover from a gunshot wound is enlisted by his nephew to find his missing fiancee. Read morePublished on April 12 2002 by David Bonesteel