More than a murder mystery, this was, for me, a glimpse into being Japanese-American in today's America. It was neat to see the use of Japanese words I had grown up with and to learn new words in context. It also served to show me just how much more diluted my Japanese-ness is than I expected--much to my chagrin. I certainly found it more interesting as a cultural study than a murder mystery. I don't think the pacing was quite right and all but the main character seemed a bit flat.