Book 1 in the Love Stories series. (see below for books 2, 3, 4, 5)
Steven Thorp’s journalist wife, Chieko Hasegawa, is murdered while investigating a crime in Okinawa supposedly committed by American airmen. Although distraught at American bureaucratic inaction he chooses to memorialize Chieko by planting her favorite persimmon tree in the Hasegawa garden and, as he remembers his happy time spent with her, wonders if he should keep the Hasegawa name alive.
When two 13-year old girls are raped and murdered in Okinawa, a Washington based magazine ‘The Herald’ decides to cover the story because American airmen from Kadena air base are suspected of involvement. The magazine assigns the task to Chieko Hasegawa because of her Japanese ancestry. this is ironical because Chieko had rejected Japanese traditions in favor of a western...