East Is East

East Is East John Putnam Thatcher s st adventure his first since s Something in the Air takes the senior banking executive from the Sloan Guaranty Trust building in Manhattan on evenly paced travels to Japa

  • Title: East Is East
  • Author: Emma Lathen
  • ISBN: 9780061042966
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • John Putnam Thatcher s 21st adventure his first since 1988 s Something in the Air takes the senior banking executive from the Sloan Guaranty Trust building in Manhattan on evenly paced travels to Japan, Alaska and England Lackawanna Electric Industries, rebounding from bankruptcy under the forceful leadership of Carl Kruger, is about to pull off a distribution coup witJohn Putnam Thatcher s 21st adventure his first since 1988 s Something in the Air takes the senior banking executive from the Sloan Guaranty Trust building in Manhattan on evenly paced travels to Japan, Alaska and England Lackawanna Electric Industries, rebounding from bankruptcy under the forceful leadership of Carl Kruger, is about to pull off a distribution coup with Yonezawa Trading, one of Japan s largest corporations Thatcher is present at the Tokyo signing, which is delayed by the discovery of a murdered accountant in Japan s Ministry of International Trade and Investment and a note suggesting a 1 million bribe Business interests collide with political issues as the success of Lackawanna hangs in the balance Changes in Japanese traditions are probed and suspicion falls on a Yonezawa rival other factions vested in Lackawanna s fate include a group of old political hands in Washington, D.C officers of a robotics firm recently purchased by Kruger and, of course, the CEO s inner circle While the characterization is flatter than in earlier series entries, the plot here is dense and satisfying, and the tone reliably knowledgeable of modern business s.

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    1. Briefly visits Japan and distracts me thoroughly with a male character called Noriko, which I've only encountered as a female name before.

    2. Slow moving plot that finally picks up near the end.Much of this novel is taken up with conversations explaining Japan 's culture, business practices, and the government's hand in business affairs via MITI. A motorcycle chase enlivens the end of the novel. Not as much fun as title "Going for the Gold" which featured Winter Olympic events.Basic plot: Carl Kruger is trying to turn around Lackawanna. He efforts are overseen by a committee of creditors. John Thatcher is head of the committee oversee [...]

    3. While the series is a bit long in the tooth now, it’s still good stuff. Here John Thatcher goes to Japan to protect the interests of the Sloan Guarantee and Trust when a debtor company tries to sell a subsidiary to Japanese interests. And of course, a murder happens. No resolution is at hand, and all parties repair to Birmingham England for a tour of the subsidiary’s production plant. Yet another murder, but now Thatcher has eclipsed the Japanese and British investigators, and provides the i [...]

    4. A mid-level Japanese functionary is murdered while Thatcher is in Japan to oversee the possible purchase by a Japanese company of a subsidiary of an American company. The murdered man may have uncovered bribery related to the sale, and the Japanese government is particularly sensitive to this because of a recent scandal involving corruption in the government. The case isn't solved until Thatcher and the Japanese police inspector compare notes in England, just before another murder there of an Am [...]

    5. A bit more Thatcher at last. Many of the later books in the Lathan series veer away from having Thatcher in the storyline and tend to focus on other personalities. The nice thing about having more Thatcher is generally, he seems to bring out the humor in the writing.Another great story, though I guessed pretty correctly the who, I did not know the why part. But overall a great rendition of mystery, and various cultures, and business.

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