Dreaming Pachinko BOOK review [Isaac Adamson]

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Dreaming Pachinko BOOK review [Isaac Adamson]
May 1, 2003, 03:53

DREAMING PACHINKO by Isaac Adamson; Dark Alley, 2003

Dreaming Pachinko is the third book in the adventures of Billy Chaka, j-pop journalist-cum-accidental sleuth. If you're not familiar with Isaac Adamson's work, the books are basically pop culture pulp noir novels with an insider's view of Japanese history and culture.

This latest mystery novel takes Chaka into the heart of a strange case of the past coming back to haunt the future. Chaka is once again in Tokyo, this time to interview a washed-up pop star from the j-pop group Lemon-Lime at a dingy pachinko parlor. An attractive young woman has a seizure. Later, Chaka learns that the woman has died from drowning under suspicious circumstances. Thus begins Chaka's foray into solving another mystery. While some jokes fall flat, and the narrative is laced with more than one hard-boiled cliché, the book is pretty likeable. Adamson lists the books he used for research in the back in case you'd like to do more exploring, but if you're into the whole Japanese thing, and like mysteries, this book is for you. An easy but entertaining read.

-Trinity Canty

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