Booklist Joins in the Pre-Pub Praise

On October 1, 2015, the distinguished publishing industry magazine Booklist offered another enthusiastic review of Woman with a Blue Pencil: “Japanese American art historian Sam Sumida reluctantly concludes that he must become a private eye. His unfaithful wife has been murdered, and the LAPD doesn’t seem much interested in finding her killer. So, on the evening of December 6, 1941, Sumida goes to see The Maltese Falcon to pick up pointers from
Humphrey Bogart’s Sam Spade. But then, after Pearl Harbor, strange things begin to happen: acquaintances claim they don’t know him; his Echo Park home is occupied by a stranger. Concrete evidence of his existence has disappeared. Sam tries to soldier on, unaware that he is a fictional character discarded by a young Nisei writer in an internment camp whose Manhattan book editor tells him that Americans in the post–Pearl Harbor era won’t countenance a Japanese protagonist. Soon, Sam is menaced by a spectral Korean American private eye who, like every American, loathes all things Japanese. McAlpine has skillfully melded the mood of rage at Japanese treachery and bits of Hammett-era noir with the sensibilities of metafiction and postmodernism into a truly original crime novel.”  11949307_1626090074345723_3383805754247051480_n