Valynne E. Maetani

Publisher: Tu Books/Lee & Low | Release date: June 1, 2015 | ISBN: 9781620142110
Genre: Young Adult Mystery/Thriller

About the Book

Claire Takata has never known much about her father, who passed away when she was a little girl. But on the anniversary of his death, not long before her seventeenth birthday, she finds a mysterious letter from her deceased father, addressed to her stepfather. Claire never even knew that they had met.

Claire knows she should let it go, but she can’t shake the feeling that something’s been kept from her. In search of answers, Claire combs through anything that will give her information about her father . . . until she discovers he was a member of the yakuza, the Japanese mafia. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed.

So begins the race to outrun his legacy as the secrets of her father’s past threaten Claire’s friends and family, newfound love, and ultimately her life. Ink and Ashes, winner of Tu Books’ New Visions Award, is a heart-stopping debut mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

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About the Author

Valynne E. Maetani grew up in Utah and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In a former life, she was a project manager and developed educational software for children with learning disabilities. Ink and Ashes is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013. She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three crazy girls, who are carbon copies of her. She’s discovered that living with herself isn’t always a bowl of cherries.

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