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Tokyo | [Mo Hayder]

Tokyo

Student Grey Hutchins comes to Tokyo seeking answers to what happened during the notorious Nanking Massacre in which, in one city, the Imperial Japanese Army killed up to 300,000 civilians. Only one man can help her, a survivor of the Massacre, and now a visiting professor at the prestigious university of Todai in Tokyo; a man who is rumoured to possess documentary evidence of Nanking.
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Student Grey Hutchins comes to Tokyo seeking answers to what happened during the notorious Nanking Massacre in which, in one city, the Imperial Japanese Army killed up to 300,000 civilians. Only one man can help her, a survivor of the Massacre, and now a visiting professor at the prestigious university of Todai in Tokyo; a man who is rumoured to possess documentary evidence of Nanking. But first Grey must gain his trust. Increasingly desperate and alone, she accepts a job as a hostess at the "Some Like It Hot" club, an upmarket nightspot catering for Japanese businessmen and wealthy gangsters. One gangster dominates, an old man in a wheelchair guarded by a nurse with sharpened teeth, said to rely on a powerful elixir for his continued wealth and well-being. It is an elixir which other members of the club want for themselves, at any price.

©2004 Mo Hayder; (P)2004 Random House AudioBooks

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  • Naomi
    United Kingdom
    1/30/11
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    "Thriller..."

    An excellent thriller, set in Japan, with a fascinating central character. It works really well with two narrators (one male, one female), both of whom are excellent. Gripping, though some may find it gory in parts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Kleppestø
    Norway
    4/8/13
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    "Great story, great narrators."

    I read this book a few years ago and enjoyed it a lot. Listening to this audible version was an even better experience. Mo Hayder writes an intelligent thriller which keeps you hooked all the way and both the narrators were perfect for their roles. The last part of the book is really exiting and made a 6 hour bus trip fly buy. Really recommend you to listen to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Dover, United Kingdom
    3/3/13
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    "A real page turner - so to speak."

    This audiobook had me listening at every opportunity - it would be a real page turner if I had bought a hard copy. The story sucks you in immediately and the audiobooks ability to reveal information piece by piece is what makes it compulsive. The story centres around a young woman searching for information concerning her specialist field of interest; the Nanking Massacre, and an aged Chinese

    Professor. Their stories become inter-twinned with the Professor's personal recollections of Nanking forming context and vital back story for the plot. Throw in the Japanese Yakuza, some vivid characters and a excellent dialogue and you have 'Tokyo'. Although violent at times - which can be expected when reviewing the subject matter - this story strikes a balance between a gripping haunting thriller and a tale of compassion and loss. Don't misunderstand me, there is humour to be found, and you can't help but grow attached to many of the characters, but at its roots this audiobook is a good old fashioned thriller. Don't hesitate - give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr P Spencer
    4/18/11
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    "A Gritty and Compelling Thriller"

    This is a gritty and compelling thriller that immerses you in an exciting, exotic and seedy world. Written from two perspectives, the narration of both Bert Kwouk and Emily Woof are superb. The main character, Grey Hutchins, is quirky but very likable. The rest of the characters are also rather quirky but with a characterisc charm that is again, very likable. Be warned though ? this is not for the faint hearted! This is a gritty thriller that gets down and dirty! This was my first Mo Hayder novel and I?ve become a huge fan of her books ever since.

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