Sujata Massey. The Samuraiís Daughter
(2003) 304 pp.
Antiques dealer Rei Shimura is in San Francisco visiting her parents
and researching a personal project to trace the story of 100 years of Japanese
decorative arts through her own familyís history. But Reiís work is interrupted
by the arrival of her long-distance boyfriend, lawyer Hugh Glendinning,
who is involved in a class action lawsuit on behalf of people forced to
engage in slave labor for Japanese companies during World War II. Suddenly,
when one of Hughís clients is murdered, their two projects intertwine.
Before long, Rei uncovers troubling facts about her own familyís actions
during the war. As she starts to unravel the truth and search for a killer,
the notions of family ties and loyalty take on an entirely new meaning.