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Max Travers is an English teacher in Japan. When his manipulative boss begins swindling the unsuspecting parents of his students, Max must retrieve his passport to return home. Max sneaks into her office only to stumble upon a burglary-in-progress. Max barely escapes, but accidentally takes a strange diary bound in leather and embossed with a strange seal. Little does Max know that this diary has been hidden for over half a century, and its secrets could topple some of Japan s most powerful people and rewrite the history of the royal family.
Max soon finds himself on the run from everyone from tattooed Yakuza to the Japanese police and a
mysterious American who has ties in the highest places, all willing to kill for the diary s secrets. With his and girlfriend's lives in the balance, Max must decipher the diary's secrets in a richly detailed and ambitious thriller that covers everything from World War II to Watergate."
- ISBN-13: 9781940610337
- ISBN-10: 1940610338
- Publisher: Polis Books
- Publish Date: August 2015
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
Series: Max Travers
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-08
- Reviewer: Staff
After living in Tokyo for a year, American Max Travers, the hero of Goodfellow’s stellar debut, wants to quit his job teaching English, but Yoko, the unethical and manipulative owner of the language school he works for, refuses to return his passport in a ploy to get him to stay in Japan. When Max breaks into Yoko’s office late one night in an attempt to retrieve it, he finds burglars already there ransacking the place. In the chaos that follows, he grabs a satchel that turns out to contain a journal kept by a prince who was Emperor Hirohito’s first cousin. It details decades of imperial Japan’s plunder of Southeast Asia’s most valuable treasures during WWII. Suddenly on the run from the Yakuza mob and the Japanese police, Travers must stay alive long enough to understand the mind-blowing scope of the conspiracies revealed within the diary. Relentlessly paced, meticulously plotted, and richly described, this is a page-turner of the highest order. (Aug.)