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Japantown: A Thriller | [Barry Lancet]

Japantown: A Thriller

San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father’s Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and con­sulting on Brodie Security’s caseload at home and abroad.
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Publisher's Summary

Five Bodies. One Clue. Not a Trace of the Killer.

San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father’s Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and con­sulting on Brodie Security’s caseload at home and abroad.

One night, an entire family is gunned down in San Francisco’s bustling Japantown neighbor­hood, and Brodie is called on by the SFPD to decipher the lone clue left at the crime scene: a unique Japanese character printed on a slip of paper drenched in blood.

Brodie can’t read the clue. But he may have seen it before - at the scene of his wife’s death in a house fire four years ago.

With his deep array of Asian connections and fluency in Japanese, Brodie sets out to solve a seemingly perfect crime and at the same time learn whether his wife’s tragic death was more than just an accident. And as he unravels a web of intrigue stretching back centuries and con­nected to the murders in San Francisco, the Japantown killer retaliates with a new target: Brodie’s daughter.

©2013 Barry Lancet (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Marci portland, OR, United States 12-20-13
    Marci portland, OR, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Lancet is about to be discovered"

    I hesitated before buying this book since it is Barry Lancet's first published. This is one of the best first books I've ever read/listened to.

    I did a little research and Lancet is an expert on the Japanese culture and on traveling abroad and it really shows in this book. His expertise comes through in this story making it satisfyingly deep and complex and filled with super interesting facts and details that just drive this story. Swept-up is the word I would use. This story and action build up at a speed and level so that I was truly swept up in the story from beginning to end.

    The main character, Brodie has great depth. He has characteristics that make you like him and invest in him right away and then more and more unfold as the story goes along. Brodie's background is also developed so that you really believe all the action as that builds as the story goes.

    The action is awesome. It's well-paced, easy to follow and picture as it unfolds, and really keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    I've never heard the narrator Newbern before, he gets five stars too. He did a really nice job keeping the voices separate and not screwing up the accents and women's voices.

    I hope this book and Lancet get discovered.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 01-07-14
    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 01-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Just couldn't get immersed in this mystery"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    To me the whole story seemed contrived and unrealistic. I felt as though this was mystery by the numbers. This wasn't my cup of tea but someone else might like it.


    Has Japantown turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like mysteries but this one just wasn't for me. I did learn things about Japanese culture, which I appreciate.


    What aspect of George Newbern’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator has a nice voice but to me came across as flat and uninspired. Competent work though.


    What character would you cut from Japantown?

    I felt all the characters lacked depth. Rather than cut a character I would like to have seen the main characters developed more fully -- what motivates them at a deep level?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Creekgirl Jasper, TX United States 04-06-14
    Creekgirl Jasper, TX United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Japantown to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. It's unabridged so I assume so.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Somewhat.


    What does George Newbern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    More drama.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this becomes a series.

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    Ross Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-22-14
    Ross Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Predictable, but entertaining"

    There were not a lot of surprises in this book, but I did enjoy the story. The author definitely knows Japan and Japanese. Unfortunately, the narrator does not. There were a lot of Japanese locations and phrases used throughout the book, and the constant mispronunciations became a bit annoying. This will only be a sticking point if you happen to be familiar with the sounds of spoken Japanese. Otherwise, I thought the narrator voiced the characters well.

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