Tokyo Heist (Paperback)
Summer 2012 Kids' Next List
“At last! A treat for manga lovers and non-fans alike. The mystery of a missing van Gogh masterpiece takes teenage Violet, a budding manga artist turned sleuth, from Seattle to Tokyo and Kyoto in a race to recover the painting and thwart the Japanese mobsters who claim it.”
— Jeanne Snyder, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
When sixteen-year-old Violet agrees to spend the summer with her father, an up-and-coming artist in Seattle, she has no idea what she's walking into. Her father's newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone's lives are in danger--including Violet's and her father's.
Violet's search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery thickens, Violet's not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to solve the mystery--before it's too late.
“This art heist has twists and turns, romance, and the happily-ever-after that many will be rooting for.”—Booklist
“Renn’s fun debut takes a kitchen-sink approach, throwing together romance, mystery, and action in a way that echoes the manga that the 16-year-old Violet loves to read.” —Publishers Weekly
“Will enthrall readers who love action.” —Examiner.com
“A fast-paced and engaging mystery with a spunky protagonist.” —VOYA
“The plot has lots of twists and turns, leaving readers on edge… Readers will cheer for Violet as she uses her wits to outsmart the adults.” —SLJ
“We can't stop talking about action-packed YA mystery novel Tokyo Heist…author Diana Renn's first YA novel, but we certainly hope it isn't her last!” —HuffingtonPost.com
“It’s rare for YA heroines to have such specific, developed interests, and Violet filtering her investigation through her passion for manga, art, and Japan makes her seem like a real, relatable teenager.” —A.V. Club
“Young adult mysteries do not get any better than this.”—Peter Abrahams, author of the Echo Falls Mysteries
“Irresistible. I couldn’t put it down!”—Alane Ferguson, author of the Forensic Mysteries
“Adventures don’t get any more thrilling than Tokyo Heist.”—Kristen Miller, author of The Eternal Ones series