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All She Was Worth [Paperback]

Miyuki Miyabe
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May 12 1999
Here is a deftly written thriller that is also a "deep and moody" (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) journey through the dark side of Japan's consumer-crazed society. Ordinary people plunge into insurmountable personal debt and fall prey to dangerous webs of underground creditors-so dangerous, in fact, that murder may be the only way out. A beautiful young woman vanishes, and the detective quickly finds she is not whom she claims to be. Is she a victim, a killer, or both? In a country that tracks its citizens at every turn, how can two women claim the same identity and then disappear without a trace?

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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.

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For Want Of A Penny June 9 2004
Format:Paperback
It is a shame that this single volume is the only novel of Miyuki Miyabe's that has made it into translation. In Japan, Miyabe is a highly successful writer whose novels have been adapted into 10 films as well. Here she is only barely known, represented only by a single detective story - All She Was Worth.
The novel tells the story of Shinsuke Honma, a middle-aged police detective who is off duty while recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg. The enforced inactivity has begun to wear thin on him, and a request from a distant relative to investigate the disappearance of his fiancée - Shoko Sekine tempts him into a freelance investigation that is part meticulous investigation and part social commentary. Shoko disappeared when it was revealed that she had gone through a personal bankruptcy. Honma discovers layer after layer of misdirection and subterfuge - the disappearance is only a reflection of the grim truth.
The telling of the story reveals many of the inherent differences between Japanese and Western writing, even as it pares away at a social problem - easy credit and indebtedness - that is universal in both cultures. The telling is extremely detailed, with a strong focus not on the plot, but on the social and family milieus of the characters. The style is very naturalistic, and may irk American readers who are so used to stories that are action based and plot driven. Yet there are opportunities here for the writer to indulge of some niceties of language, many of which come through despite it being a translation.
What Miyabe has chronicled is the lives of ordinary Japanese, carrying on with their lives, not the flashy high tech or Samurai mythos face of Japan that we see most often in imported Japanese culture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cultural Gap Almost Bridged Dec 3 2003
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Format:Hardcover
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". You will find a review at Amazon.co.jp on the same book saying the exact opposite. The best part of the book, the Japanese reader says, is the ending. The rest of the book is just a prelude. In spite of the favorable rating by most of the reviewers of the English version, these opposing reviews speak more about the book than all the rest. It is a book that almost comes across over the cultural gap. As such, the English version - despite the numerous informative passages - is something of a strip tease as well as a mystery. Don't expect an American novel. This book will not easily fit into a familiar formula.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying Oct. 19 2003
By raboof
Format:Paperback
This long and preachy novel by Miyabe falls far short of expectations. The primary character detective Honma sets out on a hunt for his nephew's fiancee who has gone missing. In the process he learns all about how the Japanese credit system works and how the unwitting are sucked into the whirlpool of debt. He gets a nice long lesson from several characters about how people who are in debt up to their eyeballs are just everyday folks who got caught up in something they didn't realize was so bad for them.
After too many pages of that preachy 'debt is bad' prose, Miyabe sets Honma off in search of the missing fiancee. It's almost miraculous how just when Honma seems to have run into a dead end there is a phone call or some stranger shows up with information that gets his quest restarted. The chapters essentially follow the cycle: "Honma starts out with some information. The information leads to some small clue, but the clue doesn't seem to lead anywhere and the information runs out. A miracle happens and Honma gets some new information." The story gets tiring as this chapter format keeps repeating itself.
Miyabe introduces characters like Shoko Sekine's friends, but they don't seem to have any real relation to the plot except to give miraculous information as explained above. Frankly, by the end of the book it was difficult to discern who the author was talking about since there were so many phonecalls from so-and-so and contacts from such-and-such. The whole story began to unravel towards the end with so many loose ends crowding out the main story.
The end of the story itself is incredibly unsatisfying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For all it's worth Aug. 25 2003
Format:Paperback
Miyabe does not seem to suffer of Hollywood cop envy--very unlike Beat Takeshi in his "violent cop" variations. Miyabe's main character, the temporary disabled policeman Honma, is a very Japanese cop, moving through the pages with calm and precise (pedantic?) police work. The novel is an excellent, moody euro-style mystery in the fashion of Simenon. But there is very little of the "new" japan promised by the back cover. Rather, the co-protagonist is the suffocating bureaucracy of the old Japan.
What bothered me about the book is the similitude with some "educational" Manga -- see for instance Shotaro Ishinomori's work published in the US in Japan inc. . Like in Ishinomori's strip, Miyabe stops the narration of the facts with long digressions about the Japanese economic situation. It's definitely interesting and it's all good, but it considerably slows down the rythm. Possibly the biggest disappointment however has been the fact that the "contemporary Japan" portrayed is actually ancient history: while US edition of the book came out in 1999, the novel is from 1992, and while Japanese economy has been depressed all along, quite a few things have been changing, for instance in the woman condition (see for instance by Japanese Woman by Sumiko Iwao).
Overall nice novel, but why publishing something so dated? I understand Ms. Miyabe has quite a following in her native country, I'm sure starting with more current work might better introduce her to the English language readers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars FEAST OF DETECTIVE FICTION & A LOOK INTO CONTEMPORARY JAPAN
A young woman disappears when a routine credit check uncovers a bankruptcy in her past. The woman's fiance asks his uncle, disabled police detective Shunsuke Honma, to track her... Read more
Published on July 20 2003 by Shashank Tripathi
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Absorving.
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 more
Published on March 11 2003 by Andres Klingberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
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 more
Published on Dec 25 2002 by Daitokuji31
5.0 out of 5 stars "I just wanted to be happy ..."
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 more
Published on June 27 2002 by Charles E. Stevens
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Occasionally Forced and Clumsy
Miyabe's first book in translation is a solid mystery with an engaging investigator, but suffers slightly from an occasionally lecturing tone. Read more
Published on June 12 2002 by A. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese culture first-hand
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 more
Published on May 13 2002 by Isabella K. Badenoch
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting both as mystery & a look into Japanese culture
In Japan, a police inspector on leave to recover from a gunshot wound is enlisted by his nephew to find his missing fiancee. Read more
Published on April 12 2002 by David Bonesteel
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific mystery reveals much about Japanese culture.
When Shunsuke Honma, a detective recovering from a gunshot wound, is asked by a young relative to try to find his missing fiancee, Shoko, this "simple" request quickly... Read more
Published on March 12 2002 by Mary Whipple
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining (very good) but lack of closure on ending
All the other reviews are pretty much on target with the fact that this is a pretty well-written mystery that keeps the reader interested. I was certainly caught up in it. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2002
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