A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{May 16, 2012}   Waiting on Wednesdays: Tokyo Heist

Title: Tokyo Heist

Author: Diana Renn

Publisher: Viking

Release date: June 14th 2012

Plot: Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt. Her father’s client, the wealthy Yamada family, is the victim of a high-profile art robbery. Someone has stolen van Gogh sketches from the Yamadas’ Seattle mansion, and is holding them hostage until the Yamadas can produce the corresponding van Gogh painting. The problem is that nobody knows where this painting is hidden, and until they find it, all of their lives are in danger.

Violet’s search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals—before it’s too late.

Why I’m waiting: This is Renn’s debut novel and it seems very promising. I love a good mystery with a strong female lead, of course but, having studied Japan for years, I have a personal interest in all things Japanese. I’ve seen the subject handled badly in Western litterature but I have a good feeling about this one.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. I plan to participate for the next year at least (because my to read pile really needs to be longer ;P). If you’d like to join in, grab a graphic, write a post and leave a link on her site.


This does sound like it will be a wonderful book to read.

Thanks for sharing,
My WoW: http://paulettespapers.com/?p=2024

Tokyo Heist is my #1 most wanted book of 2012. I cannot WAIT to read it! It’s going to be amazing.

Tara @ Hobbitsies

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