By Sujata Massey
Antiques broker Rei Shimura has controlled to snag essentially the most profitable and prestigious jobs of her profession: a well known museum in Washington, D.C., has invited her to express her kimonos and provides a lecture on them. followed via a gaggle of jap workplace women bent on every week of buying, Rei lands within the capital. yet her giant holiday may finally holiday her. inside hours one of many kimonos is stolen, after which Rei's passport is came across in a shopping center dumpster—on the useless physique of 1 of the japanese travelers. difficulty is simply starting, although, for now Rei's mom and dad have arrived and so has her ex-boyfriend. to trace down the kimono and unmask a killer, Rei's received to perform a little shrewdpermanent juggling, quick speaking, and quickly sleuthing, or this journey domestic can be her last.
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That’s the place you made the entire difficulty for your self. ” i discovered my father sitting on a bus-stop bench on Chain Bridge street. “What did they are saying? ” he requested anxiously. “Oh, now not too much,” I lied. “Like I advised you, it used to be an easy false impression. they've got those cameras within the Metro occasionally, and the digital camera photographed me sitting just about someone—a pal I hadn’t obvious shortly. ” i used to be striving to make every thing sound as cool and non-sexual as attainable. “Because of the diversities in our gender, and my type of garments, it aroused the police’s curiosity. you spot, now not many girls go back and forth the Metro donning kimono. They suggestion i used to be an unlawful alien. ” “‘Prostitute’ used to be the be aware they used. yet I knew it couldn’t be true—just as I bought negative information the previous day and couldn’t think it. ” “I didn’t wish you to determine the video. now not having visible it myself, I had no concept what they might current me with. because it became out, the video used to be exact; it simply confirmed a bit hugging and kissing—about up to you and mother did this morning,” I further, to reassure him. “So, what’s your friend’s identify? used to be it somebody you knew in university? ” “I didn’t be aware of him in collage, yet I’ve recognized him for a while—a couple of years. ” I paused. “The much less I say approximately it the higher. ” “Rei-chan, that doesn’t sound stable. ” “It’s simply that—there are a few problems in my own existence. I’d really kind them out myself. ” My father gave me an extended glance. Then, in a steady voice, he acknowledged, “You recognize, even if we’ve been jointly for a couple of hours, I become aware of that I haven’t but requested you the way you're. i ponder if you’re sound asleep good at evening. ” “No. How am i able to, with the homicide and the kimono robbery? ” “What approximately cash? Do you appear to be spending greater than traditional? ” I goggled at him. Did he learn about the purchasing spree my mom and that i had long past on? Then i presumed a bit extra and discovered that my father was once most likely checking for psychiatric mania. My uncharacteristic promiscuity should have made him fear. “I’m now not doing whatever phenomenal, Otosan. i'm anguish rigidity, yet I’m additionally acutely aware that pressure is a part of lifestyles, and issues are absolute to enhance. ” “I don’t wish to meddle on your existence, Rei, yet i ponder if i may meet this—friend—of yours. I don’t imagine the entire blame for the incident may still relaxation on you. He used to be a companion in it besides. ” “I favor that he maintain a low profile—it simply makes solid sense,” I stated. I couldn’t very likely inform him the opposite cause i needed to stick clear of Hugh. I’d learned it while i used to be looking at the video of Hugh rapturously kissing the bottom of my throat whereas I mouthed phrases that I’d by no means acknowledged to Takeo. i admire you. the sensation were buried so deeply within me that i assumed it had long gone away. however it had simply been mendacity dormant, like an endemic buried within the backbone, anticipating the suitable time to reemerge. i used to be in predicament, so i used to be again in love with Hugh. 21 again in Room 605, my mom was once mendacity at the mattress, paging via catalogs she’d picked up on the Washington layout heart. “So, did you've gotten enjoyable?