Tokyo, December 1931
Japan has invaded Manchuria, the Great Depression is ravaging the economy, and shadowy conspiracies threaten to overthrow the government. Inspector Kenji Aizawa receives a mysterious call about the imminent assassination of the future prime minister of Japan. The informant is Reiko Watanabe, geisha mistress to the right-wing terrorist leader, Masaru Ryusaki. After the assassination, Ryusaki’s allies in the Imperial Army plan to stage a coup and establish a military dictatorship.
Reiko must sabotage her lover’s plans covertly or risk her livelihood and her life. As she secretly helps Inspector Aizawa to stay one step ahead of Ryusaki’s assassins, they discover that the tentacles of the plot reach into the upper echelons of government, finance, and even around the Imperial Throne itself.
Shadows of Tokyo is based on a little known period in Japanese history. In its pages, the seed of war is planted that will eventually erupt in China and at Pearl Harbor.
“”Shadows of Tokyo” portrays the somber zeitgeist of Japan’s capital in 1931, where rightist assassins armed with swords, handguns and bombs stalk key political and business figures.” –The Japan Times
“Legare’s story reflects conscientious research into historic detail.” –The Japan Times
“Five Star Reviewers Have It Right: This Series Sizzles” –Amazon Review