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All She Was Worth

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  2,251 Ratings  ·  285 Reviews
Here is a deftly written thriller that is also a "deep and moody" (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) journey through the dark side of Japan's consumer-crazed society. Ordinary people plunge into insurmountable personal debt and fall prey to dangerous webs of underground creditors-so dangerous, in fact, that murder may be the only way out. A beautiful young woman vanishes, and th ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published May 12th 1999 by Mariner Books (first published July 1st 1992)
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Jan 18, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: bookcrossing readers
All She was Worth was billed to me as a mystery and thriller and aside from reading Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto, I've not read a lot of Japanese Literature so I was intrigued to see how this would pan out. Would I be introduced to Japan's answer to Lisbeth Salander, Endeavour Morse or Magnum PI? Er no. None of the above. You will be introduced to Tokyo Metropolitan Police Detective Shunsuke Honma who is polite, and dogged and due to an injury at work is taking his crime solving at a mor ...more
Patrick Sherriff
Jul 25, 2014 Patrick Sherriff rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-and-such, japan
A decent police procedural this, with lots of good touches but a few flaws. On the plus side of the ledger are the sleuth, a widower with an adopted son and a gammy leg; an ingenious believable premise of stolen identity; and the completely authentic setting of the seedier side of 90s Japan trying to keep the bubble inflated on borrowed money.

But in the minus column, a couple of pages demand to be skipped where a lawyer spouts exposition on the dangers to, and legal standing of heretofore not a
Fahri Rasihan
Oct 12, 2016 Fahri Rasihan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pertama kali melihat cover novel ini saya langsung penasaran untuk membacanya. Cover hasil karya Eduard Iwan Mangopang ini sangat menggambarkan isi dari cerita novel ini, dimana ada wajah sesosok seorang wanita dengan latar belakang kehidupan hiruk pikuk perkotaan. Warna merah juga sangat pas karena bisa menarik perhatian para pembaca untuk melihat dan membeli novel ini. "Mencari Jejak" juga sangat pas untuk terjemahan judulnya.

Konsumerisme serta pemakaian kartu kredit secara berlebihan merupak
May 31, 2014 Leonard rated it really liked it
While Police Detective Shunsuke Honma is on leave after he injured his leg, a distant relative of his late wife appears and asks for help. His fiancée Shoko Sekine has disappeared after a bank rejected her application for a credit card, revealing her past bankruptcy.


Honma’s investigation reveals the woman’s descent into debt, a common problem in Japan’s consumer driven economy. But soon he finds out the fiancée might have murdered the real Shoko Sekine and taken over the woman’s identity.
Jul 11, 2007 Yulia rated it really liked it
Not only well-paced but well-written, this mystery of the missing fiancee lost its momentum in only one scene, in which a Japanese businessman felt it necessary to take an hour out of his busy day to explain to another Japanese citizen the country's policy on identification cards, loans, and bankruptcy. Sure, I may not have known this information as an American and it was helpful to learm, but it was carried out so ollishly and pedantically in this translation, I wish the editors had found some ...more
Ala AbuTaki
Nov 20, 2013 Ala AbuTaki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
نعم الرواية جيدة, لكنّ عنوانها سيءٌ جداً بالمقارنة بجودتها, هذا كلّ ما كان يشغلني حين أتركُ الرواية في مكانٍ ما, العنوان الساذج والسطحي لروايةٍ جيدة.
هذا شعوري الشخصي على أية حال, الرواية قد يتم تصنيفها على أنها بوليسية بشكلٍ ما, ولكن ليس على غرار أغاثا كريستي مثلاً, فهناك الكثير من التفاصيل عن النظام الإقتصادي في اليابان, الجانب الياباني الأسود الذي لا نعرف عنهُ شيئاً, لا أعرف ما إذا كانت الأمور الآن على حالها, فالرواية مطبوعة عام 97 بلغتها الأصلية.
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Jan 22, 2017 Ray rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A policeman is asked by his nephew to look for his missing fiance. The policeman is on convalescent leave so takes the case on. What follows is a painstaking investigation that uncovers deception, murder, impersonation and dangerous links to the Japanese underworld in the former of loan sharks and yakusa enforcers.

A competent crime thriller which was a real page turner, as the cop follows a trail from clue to clue. Japan is a very different culture to my own and I enjoyed being immersed in a som
Apr 07, 2013 El rated it liked it
I was on board with this book almost entirely through, but then somewhere in the last chapter or two felt that the "answer" was a bit less interesting than I had hoped when I went into the reading. The book is still good, particularly as insight into Japanese society and culture in the 1990s.

What's especially "fun" and interesting about this book is that it's so relevant still to today. Credit card debt. Ah, who doesn't have any of that? (Besides me, but only because I don't have one.) I'm surro
The main takeaways of this book are the dangers of credit card debt.
William Leight
Jul 17, 2016 William Leight rated it liked it
[More like 3.5 stars really]

There are, I believe, two types of mystery, which differ based on their attitude to crime. The first type, the classical, sees crime as an aberration in a fundamentally healthy society. Criminals commit their crimes purely for personal reasons: there is no connection between crime and larger societal ills. Agatha Christie novels of the 20’s and 30’s, for instance, often have a Communist character, and suspicion naturally falls on him, because he’s a Communist, but he
Anastasia Cynthia
“Maka yang sudah mati meninggalkan jejak mereka dalam diri mereka yang masih hidup, seperti pakaian yang ditanggalkan dan masih menyimpan kehangatan tubuh seseorang.” –All Was Worth ‘Melacak Jejak’, hlm. 227

Sudah hampir jam sembilan malam ketika Jun Kurisaka datang. Shunsuke Honma begitu heran, entah angin apa yang membawa keponakan mendiang istrinya melipir berkunjung. Jun yang kini berkerja sebagai seorang bankir membutuhkan jasanya untuk menyelidiki seorang wanita bernama Shoko Sekine.

the gift
an interesting detective procedural, this was written just after the economic bubble broke in the late ’80s in japan, and gives a detailed, plausible, desperate murder to assume a debt-free identity. i can see why it won awards, how timely, but a lot of it seems to be realistically detailed, pursuing detective work. more detective mystery than crime. solving it is the least important aspect. sad, knowing, bitter ending...
Feb 22, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it
Miyabe, Miyuki. ALL SHE WAS WORTH. (1992; this ed. in translation 1999). ****. Ms. Miyabe is a very popular novelist in Japan, and this novel, her first translated into English, was voted Best Mystery and Best Novel of the Year when published there. Although it is described as a noir thriller, you will find that Japanese noir is very different from that genre from the rest of the world. Japanese crime novels are very labyrinthine in their construction and the protagonist is usually extremely tho ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Shorouq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قد تبدو مشكلة إيجاد فتاة شابة سهلة للغاية بالنسبة لمحقق له باع طويل في هذا المجال كـ "شانسوك" من الوهلة الأولى، لكن أن يغدو إختفاؤها المفاجىء مسألة معقدة للغاية تستجدي منه البحث والتقصي بل والسفر لملاحقة خيوطها هو بالتأكيد أمر محير. "شوكو" خطيبة أحد أقارب المحقق اختفت بعد أن تقدم لخطبتها بدون أن تترك أثرا، وفي بحث "شانسوك" عنها يكتشف أن القضية أكبر بكثير من مجرد إختفاء.
لا أتفق مع وصف القراء الآخرين لهذه الرواية بالبوليسية، فهي أكثر من ذلك بكثير. في خضم عملية البحث تكشف الكاتبة عن الوضع الإقصادي
Jan 03, 2016 Haiiro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đối với tôi cuốn này có 3 điểm trừ.
Thứ nhất là tôi có cần phải giới thiệu rằng tôi là một trang giấy trắng khi nói tới các vấn đề liên quan đến tài chính kinh doanh không nhỉ? Thế nên việc tác giả phân tích quá chi tiết về tài chính, tiền tệ, tín dụng, nền kinh tế... với cái đứa tôi chả có tí kiến thức nền tảng lẫn hứng thú nào trong lĩnh vực này chỉ phí công. Đọc xong mà như chưa đọc, đúng ra là còn thấy ngồn ngộn khó tiêu hóa hơn :v
Thứ hai là trong vụ việc chính (tạm gọi là thế) trong câu chuy
This is quite readable, though I'm not entirely sure why. I found the characterisations quite distant (possibly because of the translation), the mystery not terribly mysterious (mostly focused on finding out how the crime was achieved, not why or by whom), and the ending quite abrupt. Yet some of the book's central themes—the dangers of materialism, of the credit system and how people get caught up in it—are sadly just as relevant now as they were when this book was written in the early 90s. My ...more
Aaaakk... endingnya.... khas jepun sekali. Gak perlu epilog dan penjelasan berkepanjangan. Semua hasil penyelidikan telah terpaparkan seperti keping2 puzzle.

Ini pertama kalinya aku membaca kisah crimefic di mana baik si korban maupun si pembunuh sama2 dicitrakan dari pov orang lain sepenuhnya. Korban tak pernah muncul sama sekali, sdgkan si pembunuh hanya nongol di bbrp paragraf terakhir novel. Tp meski demikian, motif, alibi, cara bahkan latar belakang keduanya tetap jd unsur terpenting cerita
Jessica Huwae
Apr 25, 2016 Jessica Huwae rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-bought
It was my first time reading Miyuki Miyabe's work and I must say that I really enjoyed it. It reminds me of my pre-teen era when I spent of my days reading detective novels before I switched it to more literature books during Uni years. I love the way Ms Miyabe narrates things, so lyrical, yet it stays in your head for long. Will look forward to read more of her works soon.
Oct 19, 2012 Nikki rated it it was ok
The blurb on the back says that All She Was Worth is an "artful blending of puzzle-solving and social commentary," and I suppose it does blend those two, but I'm not sure about how artfully it was done. The social commentary part was pretty heavy-handed, with more than one long-winded description of the evils of the credit industry. The thing is, those descriptions weren't even really necessary; the story got that message through without them.

There were a couple parts I didn't really understand
Jun 23, 2009 Louise rated it liked it
I picked up All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe a few months ago because I liked Brave Story, a novel geared towards younger audiences. All She Was Worth was Miyabe’s first adult book that I’ve read and one of the few mystery novels I’ve read this year.

All She Was Worth starts off with the disappearance of a woman and follows an on-leave detective as he tries to find her and uncover the unusual circumstances in which she disappeared. Although that’s the main mystery flowing through the book, I di
Jaycee Lam
Oct 06, 2014 Jaycee Lam rated it liked it
A very cold book, indeed.
Even boring in some part, but pretty good.

— Khi bước vào cuốn sách này, Jay từng hy vọng một cái gì đó giống như The Ring lol :v Phần giới thiệu sách quá lôi cuốn, Jay tưởng chừng sẽ gặp một cái gì đó ghê gợn, sởn tóc gáy một chút…Nope. Jay đã lầm.

— Kesha là một câu truyện trinh thám rất lạnh lùng và rất thật. Thật đến mức đôi khi khô khan và cứng nhắc. Jay đọc được gần nửa quyển sách đã bắt đầu thấy ngao ngán. Các chi tiết rất hoàn hảo và chằn chịt, đá phăng mọi mơ tưở
Thiên Di
Jan 22, 2016 Thiên Di rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Đây là một trong những cuốn sách trinh thám mình rất có cảm tình từ hình thức đến nội dung. Mặc dù đã thấy ở nhà sách từ khá lâu nhưng đến gần đây mới có dịp đọc. Nội dung truyện hấp dẫn từ chương đầu tiên đến chương gần cuối cùng (về cuối thì mình có cảm giác hơi thiếu thiếu một cái gì đó để tạo nên một cái kết hoàn hảo). Truyện mở đầu bằng một vụ mất tích mà càng đi sau vào lại càng mở ra nhiều nút thắt khiến người đọc phải hồi hộp theo dõi trước sự tính toán kỹ càng của thủ phạm. Một điều khá ...more
Ethar Mahmoud
Feb 21, 2014 Ethar Mahmoud rated it it was ok
هى اممممممم ماعجبتنيش...مش ممتعة :-|....ف تفاصيل كتيييير عاملة زى المتاهة وتفاصيل كده مبالغ فيها الصراحة ...كمية الناس اللى ساعدت (هونما)....وهو أصلا مش بيشتغل رسمى ....مش مقنعة الصراحة .....عنوان الرواية بقى يعنى للدرجادى العقم الفكرى فاختيار عنوان للرواية ....عنوان مالوش علاقة اصلا بيها...المفروض انها طول الرواية متعاطفة مع الشخصية الرئيسية وتجيب عنوان اسمه (هذا كل ماتستحقه) زى مايكون بتهاجمها .....مش مفهومة وجهة نظرها ايه.... وككاتبة مالهاش حق اصلا تبين رأيها فالشخصية .....وضحت جانب خفى واسود ...more
Apr 03, 2008 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Well, I had high hopes for this book considering the awards it won (Japan's book of the year) and the fact that Amazon told me that people who like Murakami also liked this book. In my case, Amazon was wrong and I'm hoping I something was lost in translation. The timing was all off on this book, which is supposed to be a murder-mystery. I certainly learned enough about the 1980s consumer credit crisis, and the underworld of seedy loan sharks, but that's about it. There were no "aha!" moments whe ...more
nur'aini  tri wahyuni
sukaaaa banget sama endingnya!
Nov 23, 2011 BoekenTrol rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: shovelmonkey1
Recommended to BoekenTrol by: chich; Elmindreda
Since I can't update 'my' copy with the BCID of the book, here's the link to the book at BookCrossing:

I liked this book. Not because I think it was such a great thriller, but because of other things.
First of all I loved the insight in the Japanese society. How people live, how things are organised. That world is so different from mine (and therefor so intriguing), that any description of more or less normal Japanese living is welcome.
Secondly, I liked the
Aug 15, 2010 Sandra rated it liked it
This is my first venture into Japanese crime fiction and Miyuki Miyabe is purported to be one of Japan’s most popular and best known crime authors. The blurb on the back calls this novel “a suspenseful noir thriller,” which I don’t think describes it at all. The quotation from The Washington Post describes it best: “an artful blend of puzzle-solving and social commentary.”

You could almost call this a police procedural. Shunsuke Honma, a seasoned police detective on leave because of injury and by
Nancy Oakes
This story takes our fears of identity theft and raises them to a new level.

I liked this book. Aside from the translation difficulties which made it very wordy and often tedious reading, the mystery itself was good. I would recommend it for the mystery...but you'll find yourself skimming at points.

brief plot overview:

The novel tells the story of Tokyo Detective Honma, at home and on leave from his police job because he is recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg. One night he receives a strang
Marina Sofia
Jan 26, 2013 Marina Sofia rated it liked it
This is a solid mystery written very much in the Western style rather than Japanese. Semi-retired Inspector Honma is a patient, not terribly charismatic but well-meaning middle-aged man who gets involved in his nephew's problem about a missing fiance. Bit by bit, in drips and drabs - sometimes in increments far too small - we find out more about the woman who has disappeared and just what she has been up to. A very realistic description of an investigation, perhaps, at a pace that is more remini ...more
Cynthia Santiago
Dec 13, 2015 Cynthia Santiago rated it really liked it
Una novia desaparecida, un policía en licencia y una historia que parece complicarse.
Después de que por coincidencia Jun se enterara de que su novia estaba en bancarrota y ésta escapara, no hay más remedio que acudir a Honmma (detective y pariente lejano) para que la localice, sin embargo las cosas no salen como se espera y todo apunta a que esta desaparición tiene un motivo oscuro.
Una joven que no es quien dice ser, deudas por cobrar y un misterio envuelven esta historia desarrollada en Japón
May 18, 2015 Deborah rated it it was ok
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Gertrude & Victoria
Debt, deception, and demise: this novel presents an interesting and in-depth account of a woman's bondage to debt and submission to its consequences. If the mingle of crushing debt, false identities, the mafia, and murder are the desired elements for a fast-paced mystery story, then Miyabe provides the neccessaries.

All She Was Worth by Miyabe Miyuki is a dark story about a young man in search for his fiancee who has gone missing. With the help of his uncle, a police detective, who in turn enlist
Mar 03, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it
The way the investigator's boy partially knows, comes to know, and yet can't fully know the motives of the adult characters perfectly evokes the way no person can truly know another's inner world.

Inside this milieux we explore the way debt and credit create another layer of personae and motive - for people to tend, investigate, punish and escape in their encounters with one another.

A world where a person can exhibit fastidious personal habits, love and be loved, while at the same time live dupli
May 28, 2015 Neha rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the answer to mystery here well enough, but the pacing was so slow and leisurely it can't reasonably be called a thriller by any standards. There were a lot of theories and plotlines that led to nowhere, and in some cases the real answers were less interesting than what was originally theorized. The ending was pretty abrupt and left a lot of unanswered questions. But perhaps the most annoying part of this book was the heavy-handed propaganda about the credit card industry, loan sharks, ...more
Meghan Fidler
Apr 08, 2012 Meghan Fidler rated it liked it
'All She was Worth' was a refreshing change from the overplayed gendered stereotypes of one of Japan's most notorious contemporary female writers, Banana Yoshimoto. Miyuki Miyabe is currently one of the top female writers in Japan. With good reason. The characters are well developed, and I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns of Japanese bureaucracy and paperwork... which is, of course, why I read the novel. It was wonderful to have the intricacies of personal relationships become entangled ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I found this on my parents' bookshelf when I was visiting over the holiday. I am glad that I decided to give it a try. Miyabe writes an absorbing mystery about stolen identities and the harsh consequences of debt in early '90's Japan. I have mixed feelings about the ending; it is a brilliant stroke, given the development of the mystery, but part of me wishes Miyabe had written one more chapter.

I also liked the detective she developed, and I'm disappointed that Honma and his family (biological an
Đoạn sau khá hấp dẫn, tình tiết được gợi mở khéo léo, kết thúc gợi liên tưởng cho người đọc, nhưng nói sao nhỉ, nó không gợi được chút cảm xúc và ấn tượng nào từ mình hết.
Made DNA
Aug 20, 2010 Made DNA rated it it was amazing
A stunning look at Japanese society, economy (consumer lending culture in particular), culture and more in the 90s. Eye-opening and extremely well-researched (without being heavy or boring) by Miyuki Miyabe. Fiction that tells a very real story of one woman trying to disappear, and the police investigator trying to find her.

Riveting, well-written contemporary fiction by one of Japan's most popular and prolific female writers. I've heard this book is even used in some Western universities to stu
Ayoub Tantaoui
Dec 22, 2016 Ayoub Tantaoui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية رائعة واخا عنوانها وصورة الغلاف كتخليك تاخد فكرة على أنها رواية رومنسية رخيصة ،والمشكل فالمترجمة بالأساس واخا كنشكروها على المجهود ،الرواية بوليسية بإمتياز وكلها تشويق ومعلومات مكنتش كنعرفها على اليابان وعلى الكوارث الي ممكن يجيو من إزدهار السوق الياباني وبالتالي نشاط الإستهلاك بشكل جنوني وإرتفاع نسبة الديون على الأفراد والعائلات لي كيؤدي للإنتحار وهروب عائلات بكاملها خوفا من قروش القروض كي كيسميوهوم وترك الجمل بما حمل ..الخايب فالامر هو اني فايت مفرج ففيلم كوري مقتبس عن الرواية وكنتمنى و ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This is definitely the best mystery I have read in a long time. It's actually a lot more than a mystery, as it reveals a lot about Japanese culture. Not only is the book well-plotted and very well written, it is also very absorbing. Once I started reading, I just couldn't put it down. Miyabe manages to take the mystery to the next level by offering great insight into Japanese life, through a very well-crafted cast of characters. This is an excellent read, recommended both to mystery lovers and t ...more
Apr 12, 2011 hannaH rated it liked it
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May 14, 2017 Lavinia rated it liked it
This book is an after-school special if I've ever seen one. (Full disclosure: I didn't watch enough television as a pre-/pubescent to be very familiar with actual after-school specials.) There's a several-page interlude on the credit boom that's far more flagrant than the Sumerian thing in Snow Crash. The fact that the characters mostly all sound the same really doesn't help.

It's also not very intellectually challenging, much like a teen sitcom and strangely enough for a mystery novel. The clues
Nov 06, 2016 sakuramochi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Dibuat merasa sangat tidak dibutuhkan lagi pada usia 25 tahun, itu sangat menyedihkan."

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Kisah ini menamba
Aug 21, 2016 J rated it really liked it
Quite an engaging thriller. So there is our guy, working in the detective department who is on leave due to an on-duty accident. His wife's cousin's son (now he does not know what should that relation be named, nephew?) comes to him seeking his assistance to find the whereabouts of his fiancee who has simply vanished. Turns out she had filed for bankruptcy a couple of years ago.

So our detective guy goes about looking for her but during the quest some very interesting secrets are discovered. He
Ghada Mohamed
Sep 20, 2014 Ghada Mohamed rated it it was amazing
The novel is very interesting ..

I was the girl who loves miniseries mail Japanese "Conan" and I grew up and I'm still fond of him and I find great fun too in its follow-up, when I found that the novel was not excited about it but I noticed made it detective novel its author Japanese and takes place in this country "Japan" I remembered then that the fun and that as long as the thrill that I found in the cartoon series Conan p ... so I decided to read it immediately ..We Liked significantly events
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