The Samurai's Son

The Samurai's Son

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Sheltering in a pawn-shop from the rain, a Vancouver mining executive purchases a digital camera with a dubious provenance. The images he finds on the camera's memory stick lead to his search for the camera's rightful owner. The story, massive in scale, weaves intrigue from Port Harcourt in war-torn Biafra, to Vancouver and its World Expo of 1986; from Sendai, Japan and the Great Tsunami of March 2011, to a climax on the dark, wet streets of Coal Harbour, Vancouver. The story reveals deep-seated prejudices that permeate every level of society, but at its core is a tale of love and hope for a new, more tolerant, generation"--Page [4] of cover.
Publisher: Bloomington, IN : Archway Publishing, ©2014
ISBN: 9781480805095
9781480805118
Branch Call Number: SLATER
Characteristics: 204 pages ; 23 cm

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Sep 02, 2014

David Slater's third mystery novel is a surprising departure from his earlier works.
Set primarily in present day Vancouver rather than in historical Africa, the novel follows the journey of Darren Westover, a widowed mining executive, as he attempts to identify the rightful owner of a stolen camera containing the photos of two mystery men.
Although the search exposes Darren to more danger than he bargained for, a good part of the story revolves around Darren's developing relationship with a young Vancouver doctor he meets along the way, allowing the author to take the reader on a culinary journey to some of the city's many fabulous eating establishments and to display his extensive knowledge of the city's quirky neighbourhoods and erratic weather patterns. The result is one of the more evocative descriptions of this increasingly popular city that one can find outside of a travel book.
But the story isn't limited to the streets of Vancouver. The search takes Darren to modern day Japan providing the author with an opportunity to comment on this fascinating culture, while the solution to the mystery is gradually revealed through a series of flashbacks that take the reader from war torn Biafra, to immigrant Montreal and ultimately to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. By the end of the novel, these strands have been cleverly interwoven until Darren himself, through a number of rather unlikely coincidences, becomes intimately connected to the mystery.
But as is typical of a Slater novel, the solution to the mystery is less important, at least to this reader, than the author's observations on the minutia of daily life and his insights into the business world that he once participated in, all rendered here in a very believable manner.
All in all, another thoroughly enjoyable and welcome addition to the author's expanding and increasingly confident body of work.

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