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Fictional dangers become real to American translator, Ruth Bennett, in this high-octane multicultural thriller.
Recently returned to her childhood home in Kyoto, after losing her job in the United States—and her marriage—Ruth was hoping her new job would offer a quiet diversion, perhaps even boost her flagging confidence. But she soon finds the storyline in the mysterious novel she’s translating is leaking into her everyday life. Fictional characters turn out to be real, and the past catches up with the present in a menacing way. Using her skills as a translator and her intimate knowledge of both kimono and Kyoto, Ruth is forced to confront a vicious killer along with her own painful family secrets.