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The Salaryman's Wife is proof that arts grants do occasionally produce good art. Sujata Massey taught English in Japan and worked as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun. She applied for and won the Malice Domestic Grant for Unpublished Writers, which allowed her to finish this beautifully crafted story of cross-cultural suspense.
Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old Japanese American English teacher, living precariously on her tiny paycheck in Tokyo, the most expensive city in the world. She's determined not to use the plane ticket back to California offered by her parents. On a visit to the ancient castle town of Shiroyama, brought to such rich life that you'll want to head there instantly, Rei gets involved in a local murder. Her probing angers the conservative police and most of the citizens, but Rei persists, in spite of threats to her life and freedom. Her character is so well conceived and her adventures so believable that readers across the world should identify with Rei--and hope for a second serving soon.
"A terrific debut, crafted with surprising twists and turns, and steeped in the flavor of contemporary Japan." -- -- Jonnie Jacobs
"A witty, perceptive take on how contemporary society clashed with traditional culture in modern Japan." -- -- Laura John Rowland
"This book is a magic carpet to the Japanese Alps, and serves up murder as well. Great reading!" -- -- Barbara D'Amato
"A terrific debut, crafted with surprising twists and turns, and steeped in the flavor of contemporary Japan." -- Jonnie Jacobs
"A witty, perceptive take on how contemporary society clashed with traditional culture in modern Japan." -- Laura John Rowland
"Sujata Massey blasts her way into fiction with The Salaryman's Wife, a cross-cultural mystery of manners with a decidedly sexy edge." -- Janet Evanonich
"This book is a magic carpet to the Japanese Alps, and serves up murder as well. Great reading!" -- Barbara D'AmatoSee all Product Description
"The Salaryman's Wife" is a must for those who like their mystery with a dash of the exotic. Rei Shimura is a young Japanese-American woman living in Tokyo. Read morePublished on May 25 2003 by Kimberly Taylor
I enjoyed this book - it was very well written for a first novel and the mystery kept me guessing.
Rei, the main character is earnest, tenacious, hot headed and a bit... Read more
You wouldn't think that a murder mystery would be the best introduction to another country, but Massey does for Japan what Hillerman does for the Native American Southwest: she... Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2002 by Lawrence E. Wilson
The last thing that Rei Shimura want to do on her vacation is get mixed up in a murder, but that is exactly what happens to this 27-year-old Japanese-American expatriate. Read morePublished on July 22 2002 by Alicia K. Ahlvers
THE SALARYMAN'S WIFE is the first entry in this new series featuring Rei Shimura as an American teaching English in Japan. Read morePublished on April 26 2002 by MLPlayfair
I read this book and went out and bought her next two books right away! I bought this one because I love Japan, but you don't need to love Japan to enjoy this book! Read morePublished on Dec 30 2001 by Deborah Kemp
Massey serves up an intelligent mystery that zigs and zags, keeping the reader on her/his toes. Interwoven in the story is the experience of a Japanese/American heroine who faces... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2001 by Beth A. Emmerling
I am a great reader of mysteries, I feel they give me a chance to use my imagination to see the sights, smell the smells, and feel the emotions. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2001 by C. C. Lee