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GIRL IN A BOX
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense
Massey does so much right in her latest Rei Shimura installment that it's difficult to know where to begin. Rei is alternately vulnerable and resourceful, which makes her the perfect character to navigate this inventive and fast-paced mystery. As the action moves from Washington, D.C., to Tokyo (two modern cities that thrive on tradition), Massey inserts interesting tidbits about Japanese culture, plus romance and humor, without diminishing any of the suspense. This book definitely leaves readers wanting to join Rei on many more assignments.
Japanese American Rei is still in training when the secret agency that's recruited her sends her on her first assignment. The mission: Go undercover in a Tokyo department store and find out if the more-than-healthy profits are a front for creative accounting practices.
Although Rei is thrilled to visit her beloved Tokyo, being made over to look and behave like a native Japanese girl is just the beginning of the challenges she faces as she ends up dodging lecherous superiors, investigating several murders and finding love in the unlikeliest of places. (HARPERCOLLINS, Sep., 304 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed By: Stephanie Schneider
Published: September 2006