Book Review: Keiretsu by Richard Brawer

Richard Brawer
L&L Dreamspell, December 2012
ISBN 978-1-60318-480-9
Trade Paperback

It’s a soap opera that crosses borders. A family struggle with revenge, decades’ old injustices, corruption, politics, and tradition. From Japan to San Francisco this book explores two cultures and how they cope with the modern world. It’s a wily chess match played on an international scale. The Ewings have nothing on the Nagoyas.

Toshio Nagoya wants to be the next Shogun ruler of Japan. He wants to exact revenge upon America for their treatment of Japan not only during the war, but when they were invaded more than 150 years before by people who would subvert Japans traditions. Gathering a group of like-minded businessmen, he’ll strike back both financially and politically.

Toshio’s cousin, John Nagoya, feels similarly against America. With the help of his son in-law, he’s going to affect politics and skirt the law. To do that he must defeat a powerful Senator who intends to strengthen laws restricting foreign influence on American politics.

John’s son, Roger, suspects all is not smooth in the businesses he sees his father helping to buy. However, he may have to contend with Ogato Nagoya, the power hungry son of Toshio.

There’s everything in this novel-history, sex, murder, politics, corruption. It’s a story for today. It shows the good and bad sides of both Japanese and American cultures. Brawer has done his homework to come up with a fine piece of dramatic writing.

Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, December 2012.
Author of Night Shadows, Beta and Alpha.