Tokyo Heist

Tokyo Heist

Book - 2013
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After a high-profile art heist of three van Gogh drawings in her home town of Seattle, sixteen-year-old Violet Rossi finds herself in Japan with her artist father, searching for the related van Gogh painting.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9780142426548
Branch Call Number: YA MYSTERY REN
Characteristics: 373 p. ;,21 cm.


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JCLJessecaB Feb 09, 2018

Tokyo Heist is a fast-paced, fun story that explores Japanese culture and the secret world of private art collecting. I really liked the protagonist/narrator and appreciated the way the story unfolded so, well, artfully. I found the author's note explaining her inspiration for the story very interesting as well.

Jun 18, 2015

Very interesting and fun to read. It had a cute tidbit of romance in it, and the way Renn told this very exciting realistic story was just wonderful.

BostonPL_JordanD Oct 31, 2014

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn
Read by: Anna/Boston Public Library
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 12/21/2012.

Tokyo Heist is the story of two stolen Van Gogh drawings and a missing Van Gogh painting. It is also the story of the young man who bought that painting and the family he left behind when he committed suicide over 30 years ago. And, it’s the story of a bright teenage girl with an eye for drawing her own manga series, known as Kimono Girl. 16-year-old Violet hadn’t planned on solving an art heist mystery during her summer vacation spent with her estranged father. She hadn’t planned on getting chased by the largest Japanese gang, known as the Yakuza. And she definitely didn’t plan on a trip to Japan any time soon. But she gets all that, and more, in this gripping mystery/suspense novel where sometimes the only way to solve a crime, is to draw it out like a Japanese comic book.

I LOVED this book. That’s it. Plain and simple. The way it was told, the language used, everything was realistic and gripping. Plus, I loved Kimono Girl. I was picturing the scenes Violet was drawing easily, and I loved the idea of a girl who could slip in and out of paintings to solve crimes and move around. It was a very interesting way to view the world and solve a crime. Anyone who loves Japan and manga will likely fall in love with Violet and this novel. It’s a quick dive into Japanese culture, but one not soon forgotten. I highly recommend this title.

Jul 23, 2013

It wasn't bad, but there were a few Japanese terms that were misspelled.

Jul 18, 2013

Interesting and exciting mystery set in Tokyo.

Aug 18, 2012

Very good; an action packed mystery!

_hollister_ Aug 09, 2012

pretty good, kinda confusing sometimes

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paradisepoptoast May 14, 2015

paradisepoptoast thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 18

BostonPL_JordanD Oct 31, 2014

BostonPL_JordanD thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Jul 18, 2013

'A portfolio containing three van Gogh drawings, says Mitsue. It was taken last Wednesday evening from our Seattle house. Skye had just finished some restoration work on the drawings, and we were supposed to deliver them to the Seattle Asian Art Museum the next day, for their upcoming exhibit.'


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