Why Ghosts Appear.
Why Ghosts Appear
Todd Shimoda, author
L. J. C. Shimoda, artist
Chin Music Press
1501 Pike Place, #329, Seattle, WA 98101
9781634059022, $24.50, HC, 320pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: A fortuneteller hires a detective to find her missing son in Todd Shimoda's existential noir mystery "Why Ghosts Appear". A startling clue leads the detective into the underground worlds of fortune telling 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, he finds his life becoming more ghostlike.
Critique: An impressively written and deftly crafted novel that documents Todd Shimoda as a master of the mystery/suspense genre, "Why Ghosts Appear" is a thoroughly absorbing read from beginning to end that is uniquely enhanced by the artwork of L. J. C. Shimoda. Certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections, it should be noted for noir mystery fans' personal reading lists that "Why Ghosts Appear" is also available in a Kindle edition ($16.99).