If you commit a crime and nobody catches you -- is it really wrong?
For Chris Ryan and Jessica Romano, two Americans living in Japan, life is like a movie. Money comes easy when you're an "exotic" Westerner. Sex comes even easier. With every need instantly satisfied, the greatest worry is growing restless. Because when your life is a movie, it doesn't take long before you decide you need to do something ... cinematic.
So when a wealthy Japanese businessman, overcome with too much whiskey -- and too much Jessica -- boasts that he secretly keeps a fortune in cash in his home, Jessica enlists Chris and her boyfriend, Taro, to help her execute the perfect kidnapping. But they soon learn that the money might not be the only secret the businessman is keeping.
As the stakes start to rise, the three friends begin to question their motives -- and one another. It doesn't take long for them to realize that while the surest way to survive is sticking together, the surest way to get rich is betrayal.
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Patrick Foss lives and works in Japan. He is currently working on his second novel.From Publishers Weekly:
Two bumbling American 20-somethings try their hand at a risky kidnapping and ransom scheme and end up in hot water in Foss's rousing first novel, set in Japan. Jessica Romano, a greedy "hostess" at the Hotel Happy Casanova has stepped up her lucrative escort service by catering solely to aging, married businessman Tamotsu Zeniya, a man with a mansion and a safe full of cash. Meanwhile, college friend Chris Ryan, now a club bouncer and drug dealer, is getting itchy for some real action-the kind that will make both of them rich. Together with Jessica's dopey jailbird boyfriend Taro, all three hatch a plan to kidnap Zeniya and hold him for ransom. Of course, ploys like this never come off as planned and as soon as Chris stuffs his mark into a van, the trio discovers that Zeniya is not who he appears to be. In fact, the salaryman they've kidnapped is actually a yakuza (Japanese mafia) kingpin, and heads will roll if they are discovered hiding out in a waterfront boathouse before the loot is collected. The story plays out in standard genre fashion as all three kidnappers fall prey to double-crossing, scene stealing and bouts of paranoia. One videotaped ransom note and several severed fingers later, Foss's slapdash, cinematic conclusion puts a thrilling clincher on the mayhem.
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