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The Sexual Occupation of Japan

(1999)
(The Deal)
A novel by

 
 
Attorney Peter Saxon arrives in Tokyo to secretly negotiate an historic merger between a Japanese electronics giant and an American movie and media conglomerate, a multibillion-dollar marriage that will dominate communications in the next century. But before the talks even begin, the government official with whom he is to meet is gruesomely murdered and mutilated. Then Saxon himself becomes the target of strange, vicious attacks.

Searching for answers and trapped by a wall of polite, steeled silence, Saxon is forced to probe the heartwrenching memories of his youth--the shards of a past that neither time nor distance have buried. As a young Navy pilot operating from Japan during the Vietnam War, Saxon became passionately involved with a Japanese nightclub hostess named Lilli, an enchanting young woman with a dark, painful past. Their relationship created numerous enemies.

When they met, the military occupation after World War II had long ended, but Japan was still under an occupation of another kind. Garrisons of reckless and relatively rich young American military men like Saxon created their own brawling, hedonistic "Floating World" that sprawled from the barracks gates to the trendy night world of Tokyo--an exciting place where these alluring foreigners seduced willing young Japanese women. These sexual encounters fueled a jealous antipathy and mistrust of Americans among the Japanese that burned for decades, coloring their political and economic dealings. Now, thirty years later, that dark-rooted sentiment has violently emerged, with a mysterious enemy seemingly determined to destroy both the deal and Saxon.

But Lilli, too, has reappeared, or so Saxon believes, for he is obsessed with the idea that the wife of his Japanese colleague is the love of his lost youth. But is it really Lilli, or the desperate yearnings of his imagination? Is it a coincidence, or is his former lover part of this deadly, well-orchestrated conspiracy?

To survive, Saxon realizes he must find the truth in the past. In the mist surrounding a 1,000-year-old monastery in Kyoto, he will confront long-buried secrets of his youth: a time when sex, violence, and culture collided; a place where a young Navy pilot and an exquisite Japanese woman fell in love--an affair that haunts their past, and now may cost them their future.

A thriller and poignant love story, The Sexual Occupation of Japan is acclaimed author Richard Setlowe's most riveting and powerful novel yet, a seductive story interweaving East and West, male and female, past and future, and the primal emotions that define and drive us all.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

June 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sexual Occupation of Japan: A Novel
Author(s): Richard Setlowe
ISBN: 0-06-018393-4 / 978-0-06-018393-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Paperback Editions

April 2001 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Deal (previously "The Sexual Occupation of Japan")
Author(s): Richard Setlowe
ISBN: 0-06-109788-8 / 978-0-06-109788-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon
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July 2000 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Sexual Occupation of Japan
Author(s): Richard Setlowe
ISBN: 0-7322-6582-7 / 978-0-7322-6582-3 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia
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July 1999 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Sexual Occupation of Japan
Author(s): Richard SETLOWE
ISBN: 0-7322-6572-X / 978-0-7322-6572-4 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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