|Nicole Lewis Photography|
DEBUT: TOKYO HEIST (Viking/Penguin, Summer 2012)
As 16-year-old Violet Rossi tries to connect with her distracted artist father and to finish her manga-style graphic novel, she stumbles into a major mystery. A portfolio of van Gogh drawings has been stolen from the home of Kenji and Mitsue Yamada, art collectors who have recently commissioned a mural from Violet’s dad. When some suspicious events center around her dad, Violet tracks down leads on her own, using strategies from her favorite manga mystery series. But when her sleuthing puts her on the trail of the Yakuza, the Japanese mob, the case takes a violent turn. Violet’s efforts to find the lost drawings -- and a corresponding van Gogh painting, hidden for decades -- take her all over Seattle, and eventually to Japan. There she connects with Reika Otsuki-Silver, a friend and fellow manga fan who spends her summers in Tokyo. Together, the friends uncover secrets about the van Goghs and confront a deadly deception. Soon they are in a race against time to save the van Goghs and to save lives – including their own.
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