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SHAKEN: Stories for Japan [Kindle Edition]

I.J. Parker , Gary Phillips , C.J. West , Dale Furutani , Wendy Hornsby , Naomi Hirahara , Debbi Mack , Cara Black , Brett Battles , Timothy Hallinan
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Book Description

One hundred percent of the royalties from this new collection of original stories will go directly to the 2011 JAPAN RELIEF FUND administered by the Japan America Society of Southern California. The 2011 Japan Relief Fund was created on March 11, 2011 to aid victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami waves. With the funds that have been raised so far, $750,000 has been committed to nonprofit organizations that are on the front lines of relief and recovery work in northeastern Japan.

This collection was born out of the writers' concern for the people in the disaster zone. SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN is an attempt by writers to pool their talents to help people in need, as musicians and actors so often do.

The book contains original stories by Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne Emley, Dale Furutani, Timothy Hallinan, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker, Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeffrey Siger, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, and Jeri Westerson. As a group, these authors have won every mystery award there is and sold hundreds of thousand of copies. They're all working at the top of their games in this volume. SHAKEN; STORIES FROM JAPAN is art for heart's sake, and the purchase price will help those who are struggling to repair, or at least soothe, these terrible losses.

Not all the stories are mysteries; the consensus was simply that all writers should submit something that touches on Japan. Linking the stories are haiku by the 17th-century master Basho, translated by Jane Reichhold, and Issa, translated by David Lanoue. Both translators donated their work, as did the cover designer, writer Gar Anthony Haywood, and the e-book producer, Kimberly Hitchens.


“Kelli Stanley has her eye on greatness.” –George Pelecanos
Wendy Hornsby's “stories are edgy, menacing, and masterful.” –Booklist
Dianne Emley's books are “Intense and hard-edged… First-rate.” –Tess Gerritsen
"[Naomi Hirahara] is truly one of a kind." –Chicago Sun-Times
“[Brett] Battles is a master storyteller.” –Sheldon Siegel
I. J. Parker's books are “terrifically imaginative work” –Wall Street Journal
Ken Kuhlken's writing is "Elegant . . . haunting, and beautiful." –Don Winslow.
Jeffrey Siger's work “Brilliantly explores a fascinating culture” –Leighton Gage
“Hank Phillippi Ryan understands plotting and she writes beautifully.” –Robert B. Parker
Adrian McKinty is “One of his generation's leading talents" –Publishers Weekly.
Jeri Westerson's work is "creative and enthralling..." –John Lescroart
“Gary Phillips writes tough and gritty parables.” –Michael Connelly
Vicki “Doudera expertly weaves a tale of suspense.” –Tess Gerritsen
Rosemary Harris is “Hilarious” (Kirkus Reviews), “A rising star” –Crimespree Magazine
Timothy Hallinan's writing is “razor-sharp, convincing, and heartbreaking.” –Gregg Hurwitz
C.J. West's work is "Powerful, thought provoking and massively entertaining.” –
Cara Black's Aimee Leduc novels are an “irresistible series set in Paris.” –New York Times
“Debbi Mack has carved her own niche in the mystery pantheon." –Scott Nicholson
[Dale]”Furutani manages a fluid mix of cultural history and swashbuckling adventure.” –Publishers Weekly
Stefan Hammond created the "Essential guide to Hong Kong's mind-bending films." –Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Japan American Socieity of Southern California; 1 edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00556WX9A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,352 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful collection, good cause June 10, 2011
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Tim Hallinan and the 20 or so mystery writers who have contributed to this anthology have done a remarkable job with stories that cover a range of mystery sub-genres and are each somehow connected to Japan. Some chilling, some scary, some funny but all well written and a pleasure to read. Well done!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shaken out of complacency; buy these great stories June 11, 2011
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SHAKEN is a book of short stories written by some of the most popular writers in fiction today, especially in the mystery genre. Tim Hallinan approached some of his friends with the idea of a book that could be sold as an ebook with all the money going to help the people of Japan suffering from the earthquake and the tsunami. SHAKEN is the result of that collaboration and it is a book worth everyone's attention. For the paltry sum of $3.99 on Amazon, less than the cost of most fancy coffees, readers will get a taste of writers whose works are new to them and another look at authors whose work we know in long form and now get to appreciate in the shorter form of story-telling.

The Japan America Society is the organization which will be dispersing the money raised by the sales of the book, guaranteeing that every penny goes where it is pledged.

Not all the stories are mysteries. They are stories that span human experience while reflecting Japanese culture. Some are in the present time, some are not. Some take place in Japan, many do not. All will resonate with the reader in a way that is personal to each.

Some of the writers are new to me but I will be remedying that very soon. Vicki Doudera sets her story in a small town on the coast of Maine. Wendy Hornsby tells the story of The Emperor's Truck and a determined young girl during World War II. Stefan Hammond writes of a group of young women who have lost their way but maybe have found the way for another. Dianne Emley introduces the reader to a couple of girls, teenagers in the 1970's, who share a secret that challenges their views of family. Rosemary Harris offers a glimpse of life among the genteel, gracious ladies of Connecticut in 1983.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! Loved it! June 11, 2011
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Guys, this is not only a wonderful book, but a wonderful initiative.
Thanks for the reading pleasure.
And thanks for the opportunity it gave me to contribute, in a small way, to the very worthy cause for which it was conceived.
I hope you sell millions!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing! June 13, 2011
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It is astonishing that 20 writers could produce such wonderful works in such a short time. The stories touch the gamut of emotions, and the proceeds are going to touch people who are dealing with tragedy with dignity, who look out for others as much as they look out for themselves. My congratulations and gratitude to Tim Hallinan and his colleagues. Stan Trollip
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I just downloaded my kindle for PC. I had no idea that this was something that could be done. I only was made aware of it from these stories. "Shaken: Stories for Japan" ...... it is overwhelming for me to imagine what it has been like for them. But I know in reading these stories I will be a degree closer to understanding. So my review is really my appreciation that this is available and later on once I am finished I will be able to say how good they are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories for a Great Cause June 27, 2011
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I'd never heard of the Japan America Society of Southern California before picking up a copy of "Shaken: Stories for Japan." As of the anthology's publishing, the Society has been in existence for 102 years.

Before the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that hit Japan in March 2011, I hadn't heard of many of the places in Japan that would dominate world headlines. That's what a tragedy will do. For all the wrong reasons, it brings together people regardless of borders, cultures or routine.

For all the right reasons, a group of authors decided to put together an anthology of short stories. Each contribution intertwined some component of Japan and its people, be it present or past. All the proceeds go toward the ongoing relief efforts in Japan following those few minutes that changed everything. Amazon even agreed to donate its portion. The win-win-win of this anthology is a sign of humanity in an otherwise inhuman event.

That third win is for the reader. The quality of these stories is remarkable. I'm not saying other charitable anthologies aren't worth your time, but some forget about where these donations ultimately come from: the reader. The authors didn't submit backwash sitting idle on their desktop. No, these are quality stories that could stand on their own. It speaks to their passion for responding to this disaster that they would contribute such salable work.

In addition, each story is partitioned by haiku from "Narrow Road" by Matsuo Basho, one of the most renowned names in the craft. It reminds the reader of the timelessness of Japan, and why a country so eternal will survive to see better days.

It's a bit daunting to review each story individually, but I can say each was a treat to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short stories and a worthy cause June 22, 2011
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A wonderful collection of short stories centering on Japanese individuals in both the US and Japan and ranging in time from the far past up through the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire up to the present in the Japan devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami. Each is very well written and all have unexpected ending twists. These authors have come together to produce this excellent collection for the sole purpose of raising funds for the current Japan recovery efforts, so there are two good reasons to make this purchase - excellent short stories and a worthy cause.
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