Books: Tokyo Toontown

THE TWO HEAVYWEIGHT Thai kickboxing twins Maki and Aki didn't see the guitar coming. Billy Chaka, ace investigative reporter for Youth in Asia teen magazine and expert in kung fu, kenpo, Tae-kwondo, jeet kune do, capoeira and "many of the esoteric brands between," outfought the duo with a cherry-red Gibson and plunged back into Tokyo's pulsating streets. His mission: to figure out what a little bird had to do with the deaths of a night porter in Hokkaido and the country's most beloved rock star.

Chaka—fighting writer, Japan aficionado and Cleveland native—is back in the land of the rising sun for...

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