What is pachinko? An electronic pinball game that has become a national obsession in Japan.
Who controls the pachinko parlors in Japan? The North Koreans--and it's a multibillion-dollar industry.
Who is the Pachinko Woman? Helim Kim, a gorgeous young Korean businesswoman raised in Tokyo, now living in Los Angeles.
American intelligence has nicknamed Helim Kim the Pachinko Woman, but because of her complex North Korean, Japanese, and American roots, they aren't sure whose side she is really on. What they are sure of is that she has high-level connections in each country and could be a deadly opponent to her enemies. When she falls in love with a young liberal lawyer from L.A., she's terrified that he will find out just how complicated her political ties are, that she is being manipulated by more than one Asian superpower and stalked by a hired assassin.
The ghosts of Korean comfort women, once forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army, still haunt Helim, and as her life starts to spin out of control, she discovers that the sins of the past may actually serve to save her future-and that of her beloved homeland.
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Henry Mynton is the pseudonym of an American who has lived in the Far East for more than thirty-five years. A Harvard graduate who started his own business in Tokyo, Mynton was born and raised in New England and has now become a full-time writer who divides his time between Asia and Vermont.From Kirkus Reviews:
An ambitious, densely complex debut uses thriller formula to express the intricate relationships among Koreans, Japanese, and a skeptical West that will never understand them. Whos murdering the Korean managers of Japanese pachinko parlors? Because Koreans are treated as second-class citizens in Japan, police inspector Tetsuo Mori couldnt care less. But he becomes concerned when he begins to follow the enormous cash flow these cramped, noisy arcades of pinball-like gambling machines generate. Some of this cash goes abroad, to Helim Kim, a young, beautiful, westernized Korean living in Los Angeles. From there, she flits about the globe as a translator and dreams of getting pachinko companies listed on the Japanese stock exchange, a move that would thrust into the open the shady money- laundering practices that benefit Korean yakuza gangsters as well as numerous corrupt Japanese politicians. Born in Japan, Helim is the only child of a Korean woman and American solider. After both disappeared mysteriously, she was raised by her maternal grandmother, a Korean shaman and former comfort woman for the Japanese army. Now, Helim is the heir to her grandmother's vast empire of pachinko halls, whose profits she wants to use to finance a Korean version of the National Organization of Women. Alas, a skim on the pachinko halls is already paying for a coup that will decide North Korea's future. A pack of Korean, Japanese, American, and European schemers, including Helim's estranged grandparents and a droll German assassin named Steig, are lining up as mutual antagonists. But pity Helim's current lover, the divorced American lawyer Steve Juric, whos fallen in love with Helim and whose yearnings for domestic bliss will become complicated if a sample of plutonium, smuggled out of North Korea, reveals that the struggling Communist nation is ready to use nuclear weapons to conquer its southern half. Keen details about Korean cultural history buried in plotting so heavy, and characters so thinly drawn, that suspense never builds. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción William Morrow & Company, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0688161707
Descripción William Morrow & Company, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0688161707