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GOLDSEA | ASIAN BOOKVIEW | FICTION

All She Was Worth
by Miyuki Miyabe
Kodansha International, New York, 1996, 296pp, $22

REVIEW: Killing for a Life

ll She Was Worth won the twin honors of Best Mystery and Best Novel of the Year when it was published in Japan in 1992. A young woman disappears when a routine credit check uncovers a bankruptcy in her past. The woman's fiance asks his uncle, disabled police detective Shunsuke Honma, to track her down. What he uncovers suggests the missing woman had been living under the identity of another woman who had died.
     Best-selling woman author Miyuki Miyabe has woven a tight and ingenious murder mystery that could only have been set in a society like Japan's, where escaping an unhappy past may well be the ultimate crime.




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