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The sexual occupation of Japan : a novel
Setlowe, Richard.
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New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [1999]

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309 pages ; 25 cm
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An American Attorney negotiating an historic business merger in Tokyo uncovers a sinister conspiracy of murder, vengeance, sex, and secrets.
-- A thinking person's thriller, The Deal masterfully blends elements of several extremely popular genres: suspense, mystery, corporate intrigue.

Author Notes

Richard Setlowe is the author of four previous books including The Black Sea, The Haunting of Suzanna Blackwell, The Experiment, and The Brink. A former vice president of creative affairs for ABC Pictures, he served as a naval officer aboard the carrier USS Midway in the Far East. He teaches at the UCLA Writers' Program and lives with his wife in Los Angeles, California.

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Booklist Review

Love, wartime exploits, and modern business intrigue are successfully intertwined in Setlowe's novel. Hollywood dealmaker Peter Saxon comes to Japan to create a first-of-its-kind venture between an American entertainment giant and a Japanese electronics company. But he is haunted by the ghosts of his experiences in Japan when he was stationed there as a naval flyer in the early days of Vietnam. People connected with the deal are being murdered, and Peter himself is threatened. Who is behind the violence? Is Lilli, his mysterious love from 1965, dead or part of the plot? The alliances and loyalties that were forged in the emotionally charged sixties, and the basic understanding of the Japanese character that he learned from them, stand him well in the delicate negotiations. Although our hero is perhaps too smart, brave, and controlled to be true, his story is powerful enough that the reader will forgive him his perfection. This is an exciting and readable novel, which has the potential, deservedly so, to be enormously popular. --Danise Hoover

Publisher's Weekly Review

A fearless blend of thriller, love story and sharp lesson in cultural mistrust, Setlowe's latest novel delves potently and with frightening immediacy into Asian nationalism and politics. His plot involves the Japanese mob, high-stakes international economic and sexual rivalries, and old war wounds still complicating relations between Japan and the U.S. Peter Saxon is a lawyer for a huge American media conglomerate, who has traveled to Tokyo to secretly negotiate a major international communications mergerÄthe acquisition of Kuribayashi Electronics. During his stay, Saxon is shocked to find that the wife of the Japanese negotiator may be the woman with whom he had a tender love affair 30 years earlier while stationed in Japan during the Vietnam War. Though he yearns to discover whether Michiko Hara is the same person he knew as a nightclub hostess named Lilli, unmasking her identity would bring her great shameÄand could scuttle the business deal. Lilli was, after all, a woman who consorted with American servicemen, behavior still considered suspect and humiliating. But Saxon has other troubles, too. The Yakuza (the Japanese mafia), which has mysterious connections to Kuribayashi, tries first to frame him for a murder, then to kill him. Naturally, the business deal languishes while Saxon tries to determine the mob's motives. It becomes clear that certain executives at Kuribayashi have vowed never to sell the coompany to a country that not only destroyed but metaphorically emasculated Japan, through the seduction of Japanese women. Related through heavy doses of flashbacks, the novel has all the plot convolutions and menacing mystery of a good thriller, and turns especially intriguing with the colorful supporting character of Tom Cochran, Saxon's old navy buddy later turned Buddhist monk. Though readers may find Saxon too dispassionate to ignite the love story, the strength of the book is Setlowe's (The Black Sea) piercing observations of the social and cultural chasm that divides Japan and the U.S. With impressive skill, he demonstrates that the tenacious residue of war continues to leave its mark on new generations of Japanese and Americans. Agent, Scott Waxman.(Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Peter Saxon is in Japan to arrange a merger between an American media conglomerate and a Japanese electronics giant, a high-stakes game for control of the entertainment and communications industry worldwide. Thirty years earlier, as a pilot in Vietnam, he faced a terror that was only assuaged in the "floating world" of Japanese sex clubs. Now, threatened by an enemy aiming to destroy both him and the history-making deal, the American must confront what happened in the pastÄa haunting love affair with a nightclub hostess who had her own history of painÄand its legacy in the present: a half-century of Japanese hatred and jealousy that goes back through Vietnam to the devastating fire bombings of World War II. In his fifth novel, Setlowe tells an intelligent and engrossing story of love and war, one crafted with exquisite skill, richly detailed, insightful in its implications, and immensely satisfying. Highly recommended.ÄRonnie H. Terpening, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Foreplay 1999: Death at Love Hotelp. 1
Part I The Japanese Lady's Knifep. 5
Part II Adrift in the Floating Worldp. 105
Part III Kyoto-Time Is a River Without Banksp. 223