Historical Fiction, Mystery, Japanese Culture, WWII
Japanese business magnate Kenji Watanabe, 80, has protected the secrets surrounding his father’s murder for many years. When a detective calls in 2002 hoping to solve the case with new information, Kenji takes immediate action to keep the truth from becoming public.
In 1967, Kenji’s father, a former general in the Imperial Japanese Army, had more than his fair share of enemies. When a burglar stole his war sword and left a threatening note, it became clear that someone held a nasty grudge. And when the general was found murdered with Kenji holding the same sword over his dead body, Kenji became the prime suspect.
Kenji learned who killed his father and knew why, but no one was ever arrested. In 2002, the statute of limitations has already run out. No charges can be brought regardless of the new evidence.
Yet, Kenji would rather die than reveal the secret.
I am a student in the mountains of Japan where I study English literature and history and enjoy horseback riding, mountain climbing, reading, and classical music. I wrote this book because I remember complaining to my father, an attorney practicing in Tokyo, about a delicate family matter that was troubling me when I was 15 years old. I told him how displeased I was to have such an unsavory confidence with potential to cause us embarrassment. “All families have secrets my child,” was his simple reply. From that day on, in bits and pieces, I began to understand what he had been trying to tell me.
This is her first novel.