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Death in Little Tokyo: A Ken Tanaka Mystery (Signed)

Furutani, Dale

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ISBN 10: 0312145802 / ISBN 13: 9780312145804
Published by St Martin's Press, New York, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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193 pp. Hardcover in dust jacket. 8vo. First printing. SIGNED by the author on a tipped-in plate affixed to front free end page. Includes a red chop right next to the signature. Book and unclipped dust jacket are both in Near Fine condition, with very slight signs of wear at corners. Book is the debut for Ken Tanaka, who is touted as the first Asian-American detective created by an Asian-American writer. In protective Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 70931

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Title: Death in Little Tokyo: A Ken Tanaka Mystery ...

Publisher: St Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A femme fatale asks mystery buff and amateur sleuth Ken Tanaka to take on a case for her--which he does on a lark--but he soon finds himself involved in a murder in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo.

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The contrived premise for Furutani's first novel is that fortysomething, unemployed Ken Tanaka--a dedicated member of the L.A. Mystery Club--sets himself up as a make-believe private-eye (even renting an office, printing business cards, etc.) as part of a mystery-weekend game he's planning. Naturally, a passerby mistakes him for the real thing. She's blond bombshell Rita Newly, who hires eager, dumb Ken to pick up a package (embarrassing photos, supposedly) from a blackmailing Japanese businessman named Matsuda. Ken gets the package--which contains valuable papers, not photos; Matsuda gets gruesomely murdered. So Ken, a suspect, goes sleuthing, trying to locate the Little Tokyo stripper who was Matsuda's final date while tangling with some violent mobsters (who want the package). It would take tremendous style and atmosphere, of course, to transform this familiar, short-story-ish plot into a satisfying novel. Unfortunately, while charmless narrator Ken occasionally strains for humor, the filler here (except for a few persuasive glimpses into the Japanese-American community) is consistently unengaging: earnest exchanges between Ken and girlfriend Mariko, a recovering alcoholic; Mariko's first speech at an AA meeting; and bland musings on everything from anti-Asian racism and Kurosawa movies to Buddhist carnivals and Japanese woodblocks. A wobbly debut. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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