“A whirlpool of stories circle the center—a riveting cold case that happened in 1969. Honest and introspective, Shibai: Remembering Jane Britton’s Murder recounts the case, and through it, explores the protagonist’s incredulity surrounding a woman-friend’s death. A mystery within a mystery, the story is written in the second person, the years of living with this unsolved death deftly handled, in trying to make sense of what had happened and who the murderer could be. Rather than being a hindrance or a vehicle of accusation, the you becomes a road of self-exploration, attendant to varying aspects of the murder, the shibai found in it, and in the writer’s life itself. The honesty is disarming at times, sad and heart rending in others, the you a way to look at life’s triumphs and failures, as well as a way to examine the murder and the protagonist’s role. Even after sixty-four or so years, with incarceration still possible, and the many aspects of innocence or guilt by association, the shibai of friends and enemies, how the nuance of language is shaded in the interplay of peoples’ guesses about what had happened, and finally, who the murderer had really been all along are all parts of this wonderful and unusual book. Read it!”


—Juliet Kono Lee, author of Anshū and other books.