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Shadow Family is a compelling murder mystery focusing on the murky world of Internet chat rooms populated by people from all walks of life attracted by the possibility of being whoever they want to be.

Police investigating the double murder of a middle-aged salary man and his college-aged girlfriend discover email correspondence linking the victim with members of an online fantasy family, in which he plays the part of "Dad." Meanwhile, his real-life teenage daughter is assigned police protection after complaining of being stalked. The investigation focuses increasingly on the "shadow family," as there is evidence that the members emerged from the chat room and started meeting up offline.

Veteran Desk Sergeant Takegami finds himself unexpectedly in center stage of the investigation after his colleague is hospitalized. Adding to his surprise, he is partnered with his old friend Detective Chikako Ishizu after a break of fifteen years. Working on a hunch, they collaborate to unravel the fine line between fantasy and the harsh reality of murder.

Shadow Family is excellent detective fiction that keeps you guessing until the end. Within a skillful web of intrigue, Miyabe sensitively explores the meaning of family and relationships, and the devastating effect of betrayal...

Review:

"What starts as a dry police procedural intensifies into an Agatha Christie — style closed-room puzzle in this intriguing look at contemporary Japanese family life from Miyabe (All She Was Worth). Sergeant Takegami, an accomplished desk jockey, winds up taking an active role in investigating two separate murders, one of a bland company man, Ryosuke Tokoroda, and the other of a woman who proves to be the first victim's college-age girlfriend. Takegami learns that Tokoroda participated in Internet chat rooms and established a cyber 'family' where he played the 'Dad.' The faux family, which included a wife, a son and a daughter, seemed to be an idealized unit, supportive and loving. This paternal perfection contrasted to the frosty relations Tokoroda had with his actual wife and daughter. Tokoroda's history of extramarital affairs complicates the inquiry, as do reports of a stalker plaguing his real-life daughter. Miyabe expertly manipulates mood and pace as the action builds to a house-of-mirrors-like interview that slowly reveals the killer's surprising identity. The clean, crisp translation is the perfect vehicle for this satisfying read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"... Family ties can be murder, even if they've been forged online...a clever puzzle whose commentary on the fragility and reinvention of families gives it a special edge." Kirkus Reviews

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"Offers a fascinating look at the dark side of the Internet." Booklist

Review:

"[A] theatrical plot swirls with the naked emotions of deeply unhappy people yearning for an idealized family life." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Miyabe's murder mystery offers more than just a classic whodunit plot; it explores a less-charted human lust?not for romance or sex but for family connection." Romantic Times Book Club magazine

Review:

"...A brilliant tour de force...Miyuki Miyabe tells a gripping story....Highly recommended for Japanophiles and computer addicts." Deadly Pleasures

Synopsis:

Shadow Family is an intriguing police procedural that centers on a middle-aged office worker's involvement in an Internet chat room, where he forms an alternate family unit that becomes his ultimate undoing.

Synopsis:

In this compelling murder mystery focusing on the murky world of online chat rooms, veteran Desk Sergeant Takegami finds himself investigating the double murder of a teenaged girl and a middle-aged man, who has created his own "shadow family" on the Internet.

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Selected by The Chicago Tribune as one of the "Best Books of 2005, Mysteries and Thrillers"

Shadow Family is a compelling murder mystery focusing on the murky world of Internet chat rooms populated by people from all walks of life attracted by the possibility of being whoever they want to be.

Police investigating the double murder of a middle-aged salary man and his college-aged girlfriend discover email correspondence linking the victim with members of an online fantasy family, in which he plays the part of "Dad." Meanwhile, his real-life teenage daughter is assigned police protection after complaining of being stalked. The investigation focuses increasingly on the "shadow family," as there is evidence that the members emerged from the chat room and started meeting up offline.

Veteran Desk Sergeant Takegami finds himself unexpectedly in center stage of the investigation after his colleague is hospitalized. Adding to his surprise, he is partnered with his old friend Detective Chikako Ishizu after a break of fifteen years. Working on a hunch, they collaborate to unravel the fine line between fantasy and the harsh reality of murder.

Shadow Family is excellent detective fiction that keeps you guessing until the end. Within a skillful web of intrigue, Miyabe sensitively explores the meaning of family and relationships, and the devastating effect of betrayal...

About the Author

Muyuki Miyabe was born in downtown Tokyo in 1960 and worked in a law office before becoming a full-time writer. She is one of Japan's most popular authors, having written a number of best-selling mysteries and suspense novels, as well as some historical fiction. Her first work translated into English, All She Was Worth, won the Shugoro Yamamoto Prize in Japan. Shadow Family is her second novel to be published in English.

Product Details

ISBN:
9784770030023
Author:
Miyabe, Miyuki
Publisher:
Kodansha USA
Author:
Carpenter, Juliet Winters
Author:
Juliet
Author:
null, Juliet Winters
Author:
null, Miyuki
Author:
Winters Carpenter
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Asia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
imitation leather black 7402
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pt. type
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
6.2 x 9 x 0.9 in 1.063 lb

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Product details 192 pages Kodansha International (JPN) - English 9784770030023 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What starts as a dry police procedural intensifies into an Agatha Christie — style closed-room puzzle in this intriguing look at contemporary Japanese family life from Miyabe (All She Was Worth). Sergeant Takegami, an accomplished desk jockey, winds up taking an active role in investigating two separate murders, one of a bland company man, Ryosuke Tokoroda, and the other of a woman who proves to be the first victim's college-age girlfriend. Takegami learns that Tokoroda participated in Internet chat rooms and established a cyber 'family' where he played the 'Dad.' The faux family, which included a wife, a son and a daughter, seemed to be an idealized unit, supportive and loving. This paternal perfection contrasted to the frosty relations Tokoroda had with his actual wife and daughter. Tokoroda's history of extramarital affairs complicates the inquiry, as do reports of a stalker plaguing his real-life daughter. Miyabe expertly manipulates mood and pace as the action builds to a house-of-mirrors-like interview that slowly reveals the killer's surprising identity. The clean, crisp translation is the perfect vehicle for this satisfying read." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "... Family ties can be murder, even if they've been forged online...a clever puzzle whose commentary on the fragility and reinvention of families gives it a special edge."
"Review" by , "Offers a fascinating look at the dark side of the Internet."
"Review" by , "[A] theatrical plot swirls with the naked emotions of deeply unhappy people yearning for an idealized family life."
"Review" by , "Miyabe's murder mystery offers more than just a classic whodunit plot; it explores a less-charted human lust?not for romance or sex but for family connection."
"Review" by , "...A brilliant tour de force...Miyuki Miyabe tells a gripping story....Highly recommended for Japanophiles and computer addicts."
"Synopsis" by , Shadow Family is an intriguing police procedural that centers on a middle-aged office worker's involvement in an Internet chat room, where he forms an alternate family unit that becomes his ultimate undoing.
"Synopsis" by , In this compelling murder mystery focusing on the murky world of online chat rooms, veteran Desk Sergeant Takegami finds himself investigating the double murder of a teenaged girl and a middle-aged man, who has created his own "shadow family" on the Internet.
"Synopsis" by , Selected by The Chicago Tribune as one of the "Best Books of 2005, Mysteries and Thrillers"

Shadow Family is a compelling murder mystery focusing on the murky world of Internet chat rooms populated by people from all walks of life attracted by the possibility of being whoever they want to be.

Police investigating the double murder of a middle-aged salary man and his college-aged girlfriend discover email correspondence linking the victim with members of an online fantasy family, in which he plays the part of "Dad." Meanwhile, his real-life teenage daughter is assigned police protection after complaining of being stalked. The investigation focuses increasingly on the "shadow family," as there is evidence that the members emerged from the chat room and started meeting up offline.

Veteran Desk Sergeant Takegami finds himself unexpectedly in center stage of the investigation after his colleague is hospitalized. Adding to his surprise, he is partnered with his old friend Detective Chikako Ishizu after a break of fifteen years. Working on a hunch, they collaborate to unravel the fine line between fantasy and the harsh reality of murder.

Shadow Family is excellent detective fiction that keeps you guessing until the end. Within a skillful web of intrigue, Miyabe sensitively explores the meaning of family and relationships, and the devastating effect of betrayal...

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