The Salaryman's Wife

The Salaryman's Wife

Sujata Massey / Aug 19, 2019

The Salaryman s Wife Japanese American Rei Shimura is a year old English teacher living in one of Tokyo s seediest neighborhoods She doesn t make much money but she wouldn t go back home to California even if she had

  • Title: The Salaryman's Wife
  • Author: Sujata Massey
  • ISBN: 9780061044434
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • Japanese American Rei Shimura is a 27 year old English teacher living in one of Tokyo s seediest neighborhoods She doesn t make much money, but she wouldn t go back home to California even if she had a free ticket which, thanks to her parents, she does Her independence is threatened however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town is marred by murder.Rei is the firstJapanese American Rei Shimura is a 27 year old English teacher living in one of Tokyo s seediest neighborhoods She doesn t make much money, but she wouldn t go back home to California even if she had a free ticket which, thanks to her parents, she does Her independence is threatened however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town is marred by murder.Rei is the first to find the beautiful wife of a high powered businessman, dead in the snow Taking charge, as usual, Rei searches for clues by crashing a funeral, posing as a bar girl, and somehow ending up pursued by police and paparazzi alike In the meantime, she manages to piece together a strange, ever changing puzzle one that is built on lies and held together by years of sex and deception.

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      • Sujata Massey

        Sujata Massey is the author of historical and mystery fiction She s well known for the Rei Shimura mystery series, ten books which have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark awards The eleventh book in the series, THE KIZUNA COAST, will be published in November 2014 Sujata also writes historical novels set in 19th and 20th century India THE SLEEPING DICTIONARY novel and audiobook tells the story of Kamala, young woman making her way in Bengal during the end of the British Raj period Born poor in a costal village, but rising to a position of influence in an elite British household in Calcutta, Kamala s personal journey becomes entwined with India s own struggle for independence In India, the sme book is published as CITY OF PALACES.Sujata has followed up this sweeping saga with a novella, THE AYAH S TALE This is a coming of age story of a young Indian ayah caring for children in a British family Will her devotion to the family s neglected children overshadow her own dreams of personal happiness Trains, the hill resort of Darjeeling, and fabulous jewelry all play supporting roles in this e book.Sujata lives in Balti, Maryland, with her family In addition to writing, she loves to travel, read, cook, garden and walk.


    1. It's an interesting, but ultimately condescending and stereotypical mystery set partly in the Japanese Alps, and partly in Tokyo. The main character, Rei Shimura, comes from a wealthy Japanese-American family, and for reasons I couldn't really comprehend, leads a pretty miserable life in Tokyo as an ELT. She can speak fairly good Japanese, but can't read, and she doesn't like the culture at all save for its material manifestations (her mother deals in antiques, so Rei buys old Japanese curios fo [...]

    2. I thought it might be fun to read a mystery novel -- I haven't read any in a while, and I used to be a big fan (though mainly classics like Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, as well as younger stuff like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys). In addition, the Neverwinter Nights module I'm working on has kind of a murder mystery aspect to it, and so I thought maybe I could get some inspiration.I think I picked the wrong book. While the immersed-in-Japan aspect of the book was well-researched and inte [...]

    3. Rei Shimura, ihres Zeichens Halb-Amerikanerin, Halb-Japanerin, Englischlehrerin für einen japanischen Großkonzern möchte zu Silvester einen ruhigen Jahreswechsel in einem Badehaus verbringen. Doch dann wird die Leiche der Ehefrau eines japanischen Geschaäftsmannes tot aufgewunden. Wo anfangs noch über Suizid spekuliert wird, eröffnen sich bald größere Probleme und Konflikte, die auf einen Mord hindeuten.Rei fühlt sich verpflichtet, dieses Verbrechen aufzuklären und gerät dabei an den [...]

    4. Good/entertaining for what it is (not a great work of art, but fun with enough supporting detail & sexiness to get immersed).The only stand-out annoyance for me was unexpectedly hitting upon yet another plot relying upon "rescuing" a female character from her sordid life of sex (or nearly-sex) work: hostessing, in this case. She's told she's "better" than that which means she should make less money doing something more honorable. It makes me want to write to the author and say she could do s [...]

    5. This book is written by Sujata Massey. She has one east Indian parent and one Scandinavian parent. She spent many years of her life in Japan, and this book provides an intricate, detailed and engrossing depiction of Japanese culture. The heroine, Rei Shimura is a dealer in Japanese antiques, and so there is a great deal of interesting information about Japan's extensive art heritage also. In addition, Rei's conflict between her American and Japanese side is very interesting also.Although this se [...]

    6. I had thought I would enjoy this book, but maybe because it was our Festive Season, I may have been distracted, but I really did not engage with the story nor find that I wanted to continue reading it, so using my mark of the first 50 pages for engagement, I discarded it.

    7. I enjoyed this mystery and was pleased with the twists and turns of the plots and the final solution. I don't know enough about the subtleties of Japanese culture to know how much of the story was based on what occurs (or was at the time of writing) and how much was based on some level of stereotyping, but it felt nuanced in the middle of it. And the culture, and possible culture clashes, was inherent to the story itself in many ways. While reading, you see the world through a brash narrator wit [...]

    8. I kept reminding myself that this was written in 1997. As an Asian woman who likes mystery novels, I was looking forward to reading a mystery novel with an Asian woman protagonist (so rare in the English speaking world!) and the subsequent disappointment could mean that I am reacting more harshly than I would otherwise. I had two main issues with this book: 1) that it was in first person. Everyone who knew me at this point knows that I dislike first person narratives and it must be an absolutely [...]

    9. Not bad for an old book! This one was recommended to me by a flight attendant. I didn't realize how old it was until I read some of the references like making a call from a phone booth. Wha? Copyright 1992. Ah! I get it now! It IS one of those books where things are just conveniently situated to make the protagonist's life easier. You know, the distracted teller so she isn't noticed. That sort of thing. You're never quite certain how solid her relationship is with the boy. And it was surprising [...]

    10. A few years back I ran across a used copy of this book, and bought it because I like Japan and I like mysteries. I was immediately enthralled, and enjoyed the book well enough to eagerly track down the entire rest of the series immediately. I gobbled the first 9 within a couple of months, and then paced my room until the 10th volume (Shimura Trouble) came out.I really like this whole series. The protagonist is a very real person, adorable, likeable, funny, charming, etc. And her environment is q [...]

    11. Young Rei Simura, a half-Japanese, half-white American, decides to try to "make it" in Japan as an English teacher. She becomes entangled in a murder mystery when she discovers the body of a high-profile company executive, and finds herself on the front page of the japanese tabloids. It's a fun mystery, but the characterization is awkward, to say the least, and there are some odd generalizations and conclusions drawn about Japan and the Japanese language that I would disagree with (being half-Ja [...]

    12. I was excited about the concept of this book to begin with. The idea of a slightly obscure Japanese mystery-fiction book intrigued me(especially since I happened upon the title, referred to as a gateway book from the Alexander McCall Smith "Sunday Philosophy Club" series. Unfortunately it was pretty disappointing. The characters were obvious. The plot wasn't very exciting and the author could have used the Japanese culture much more to her advantage in order to liven up this pretty average and p [...]

    13. 2.5A little disappointing. The plot's not bad but the characters lack depth (although they have plenty of neuroses and quirks!) and there's an indulgence in stereotypes that made me a bit uncomfortable. The antiques angle could be interesting, though, and I suspect this is a series that gets better in a later volumes as the author finds her voice and develops her characters, so I'll give Rei Shimura and her friends another chance and read the next book or two.

    14. The thing that I liked best about this book was the cultural aspect of it. It was interesting to get a glimpse of modern Japan and to learn some cool vocabulary. The mystery of the book was a bit scattered and the writing was just so-so but overall, I enjoyed it. I'll definitely read other books in this series. (I'm a sucker for series!)

    15. I read 'The Salaryman's Wife' when it was first published and loved it. Then when I saw the whole Rei Shimura Series available on /Kindle I just had to get it. I have to say the book was even better the second time around. I promptly started reading the rest of the series.

    16. Solid mystery series start with a smart but frustrating female character who can't get out of her own way sometimes, which is relatable and real. She's not all of a sudden endowed with amazing skills of logic or physical fighting prowess to solve the mystery because the solution in this one is fairly simple. She just needed the space and background to see it. Not sure how I feel about the condescending boyfriend but then the main character is hot and cold for good reason so I will enjoy reading [...]

    17. The romantic aspect was a bit too predictable, although I enjoyed the dialogue between the main female lead and her love interest. Very intriguing plot, I sort of suspected the culprit was who it was early on, but there were still some surprising elements. Wouldn't mind reading about the next investigation! ;)

    18. Disappointed that this wasn't better since I enjoyed the premise of the female Japanese-American main character. It wasn't well written (and the Kindle version had a load of typos and other mistakes), the characters were paper-thin, the romance unlikely, the murderer obvious

    19. Interesting Japanese cultural information,but awkward dialog and annoying and unrealistic characters.

    20. This is an older series that still holds up. Great mystery, the cultural details are many and interesting.

    21. Modern Day TokyoRei Shimura is great as a character who introduces us to life in Modern Tokyo and the complexities of being a modern woman there.

    22. I read this on my plane ride en route to Japan, hoping that it'd rekindle some of the cultural insights I'd long forgotten. (And it was ridiculously cheap on Kindle.) To that end, this book fully delivered. The plot itself is interesting enough, even with several tedious characters, and despite having known (from reading reviews) that there would be a plot twist, I *still* didn't see it coming.I won't go into detail regarding the plot, except to say that it is really pretty good, and I kept loo [...]

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