EAST IS EAST by Emma Lathan


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Banker-sleuth John Putnam Thatcher gets dragooned during his Japanese trip into authorizing giant Lackawanna Electric's sale of tiny, red-hot British robotics affiliate Midland Research to the Yanezawa Trading Corporation--all in return for a pile of cash and the vital authorization from the Ministry of International Trade and Investment (MITI) to sell electric generators in Japan. The murder of an incompetent MITI underling, however, wrecks the talks and sends ambitious Lackawanna chief Carl Kruger home under a cloud of gravely courteous Japanese innuendo. But whether he's being torpedoed by a Japanese competitor, a potential political opponent, or somebody in Lackawanna--well, only Thatcher, surely the most self-effacing veteran of 20 detective novels, can figure that out. An unusually clever, often riotously funny performance by the acknowledged master of murder among the M.B.A.s.

Pub Date: Nov. 22nd, 1991
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster