A well-written book with a good plot set in the West Country in the '70s. Private detective George (specialising in divorce cases) tells his story about one of his cases which he investigated in which he witnessed a hit and run; he then returns home to discover his girlfriend is missing and his house has been burgled. Has she been kidnapped by the burglar? Are these incidents related to the case? George's late father was a Japanese POW and has passed on his hatred to George who won't buy or use anything Japanese. However the case brings him into contact with the Japanese manager of a British-based Japanese company and their relationship allows George to widen his experience. I found the book un-put-downable, although once the case and the burglary and kidnap were resolved, the book continued. Not sure if I enjoyed the last couple of chapters as much - they seemed a little unrelated to the meat of the story, but well worth reading nonetheless.
I really enjoyed this novel ...well ...98% and that's not bad! The characters were excellent. The story was well played out. It was set in a time I can empathise with ( and very realistic it was too, I could visualise the cars driving down the 1970's roads exactly). The detective story was well balanced with the underlying sub plot regarding the main character's wife. The sociological (historical)viewpoint of racism being handed down from one's parents was well handled. So why not 100%? Well I found the ending unusual to the point of strange. It was as if someone had padded out the word count with an essay on ecology -1%. And I also prefer actual place names in stories, rather than imagined ones which obviously reflect real places and which make you ponder on where they actually are -1%. But I can live with both negative points and still give this story 5* ... for it is an excellent read.
I got the kindle edition of this mainly because it was free but it turned out to be a real page turner so would have happily paid for it. I like his style of writing and will definitely look out for more books by this author.