Tool Trackers synopsis Aug 28, 2018 15:47:40 GMT -5
Post by Harmy on Aug 28, 2018 15:47:40 GMT -5
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Tool Trackers is an Original English Light Novel meant to feel like a full season of an anime series in prose form. Over the course of ten light urban fantasy mystery stories, the characters develop, romance blossoms, danger increases, and the mystery of the main character’s past comes to light in the form of a flashback in each story leading up to the final revelation. Emi Tanaka is a psychic detective who finds lost tools by healing their owners’ emotional wounds, but she struggles with alcoholism and inner turmoil, failing to heal her own wound until the conclusion of the last mystery.
Act I: #1 “A Small Case” introduces Emi, James, Emi’s godfather Frank, and Detective Kasuya, as well as Emi’s unusual method of investigation. She solves the case by finding a missing person and healing the rift between mother and son. #2 “The Fine Grater” introduces a complication in the form of a before-unseen pattern in tool spirit movements; the grater incident sites form a pentagram. Emi heals the owner’s wound by finding his favorite food from before he became a chef. #3 “The Magic Cards” faces Emi against her childhood favorite magician The Amazing Andy, who now leads a skeptic cult. When Andy’s brother Nick rushes his daughter to the hospital after a fall, Emi reunites Andy with his family and he learns to believe in miracles again. In the end it’s revealed Andy’s brother is a real magician with a magic library and Emi is introduced to Kenzan, the author of these stories, an Akita who can read and write.
Act II: #4 “The Royal Typewriter” involves mysterious letters sent to the police informing them of crimes that have not yet happened. #5 “The Burglary Tools” introduces a corrupt Koreatown cop and foreshadows conflict with the Korean mob. At the end of this story, Emi enters rehab. #6 “The Cutting Edge” introduces FBI (Fiona Beatrice Ingersoll), Frank’s contact with whom he has a stillborn love affair.
Act III: #7 “The Heavy Hammer” is Emi’s first murder case. Frank has a heart event. Emi and James are nearly killed by a local sheriff who uses magic for evil. #8 “The Rusty Screwdriver” introduces Emi’s new secretary, Stephanie Jung, and ends in bloody conflict as the Tool Trackers form an alliance with the Triads and Yakuza to take down the Korean mob. #9 “The Favorite Fork” sees Emi face a new threat: Tool Witches, who stay young by draining the life force from tool spirits.
Conclusion: #10 “The Final Shovel” is set tens years later. Frank is dead. Emi and James have a five-year-old daughter. A wealthy old woman hires Emi, James, and Stephanie to find her dead husband’s lost shovel. Enlisting the council of a now-incarcerated Tool Witch, Emi faces off against ghosts, junkies, and the client’s psychic who reveals during a séance that Emi killed her own father.
Tool Trackers should appeal to fans of Japanese media, comic books, light urban fantasy, and mystery. There’s one violent scene and only implied sex. It should be appropriate for teens as well as adults who can appreciate the healing power of magic, which is the joy in people’s hearts. 35 chapters, 82,400 words, ten full-page illustrations.