Todd Shimoda - novelist

Why Ghosts Appear
OH! A mystery of 'mono no aware'
The Fourth Treasure
365 Views of Mt. Fuji

Chin Music Press
Asian Review of Books
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Why Ghosts Appear is now available at the Chin Music Press store and other booksellers.

In this gripping literary noir mystery, a Tokyo fortuneteller hires a detective to find her missing son, an entomological illustrator. A startling clue leads the detective into the underground worlds of fortunetelling and pleasure tours.

The missing son reminds him of an old case which ended badly, one he is compelled to reopen. As he investigates both, the detective finds his life more ghost-like than one of substance.

Check out the video trailer here.
Why Ghosts Appear cover