"Best P.I. Novel" - Shamus Award finalist
In a "sophisticated international thriller" (The New York Times Book Review) from "a fresh voice in crime fiction" (Kirkus Reviews), antiques dealer turned PI Jim Brodie takes on an elusive group of killers hunting for a long-lost treasure with a dangerous history.
After wading through the tragedy of San Francisco's Japantown murders, struggling antiques dealer Jim Brodie is back in Japan for a well-earned vacation. But checking in at the PI firm Brodie inherited from his father, he immediately acquires a new case: a Japanese World War II veteran shows up and spins a dark story connected to the war and a pair of violent home invasions committed in Tokyo only days earlier.
Brodie agrees to provide protection for the old warrior, but soon an unexpected murder shocks him and his crew, and they begin a wild ride through the worlds of war atrocities, Japanese kendo clubs, the backstreets of Yokohama's unfathomable Chinatown, and Chinese spies. With the crusty PI Noda at his side, Brodie pokes around where he's not wanted, and when a friend is delivered up to him in pieces, Brodie is once again running for his life - while seeking the answers he needs to save it.
Barry Lancet "imbues Tokyo Kill with a vivid sense of Japan, from sections of Tokyo that only a native would know about the meticulous research into the country's history and legends.... Lancet hit the ground running...with his superb debut, Japantown, and continues that winning streak with Tokyo Kill" (The New York Times/AP).
©2014 Barry Lancet (P)2014 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Probably. There is so much going on with no lulls that if you're not paying attention you can easily miss something.
Scott Brick narrated flawlessly. Since he is one of my two favorite narrators my opinion is slightly biased.
This is such a thrilling book! It's like reading something by Eisler and Berry with a little Russell Blake thrown in for fun. You have these murders committed by this gang of bad guys trying to make it look like another gang who are trying to make it look like someone else altogether? Then there are these bad guys who maybe aren't so bad, or maybe they're the good ones? Don't forget the good guys, or are they? Or is there a woman behind it all? I wouldn't want to spoil this work for anyone but of you're reading my review get the book, Audible has a guarantee but if you're anything like me you will not need it, this is one book worthy of your time and credit. I just can't say enough, take my word, get the book and please leave me some kind of feedback so I know if other people liked it as much as I do. Right now I'm off to get the first in the series and can't wait for the next.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
First, thanks to listener Shelley, who I follow, for her review which led me to Tokyo Kill. This is one of several novels which her reviews led me to purchase.
There is a lot of Japanese and Chinese history included in this action thriller. Having Scott Brick narrate is an added pleasure.
Good listen especially with Scott Brick reading - I like that the integrations of Japanese culture was added
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
I love this reader and my two reviewers Wayne and Shelly absolutely love this, so I purchased and listen straight through. I did like this listen, but I am not compeled to seek out more of this author's works. I think, Brad's review pretty much summed this book up for me.
If you like Asian locals, then this is for you. Lots of good information regarding Japan if you want to know it. If you don't, this book is peppered with it.
Like Brad's review, I purchased this book due to S.B. reading it. He did it so well!
I did like the historical information I got out of this book, but this author's style just doesn't inspire me to buy more of his work. (I think it is the pace of his writing, for me it is not consistent)
note: use new 1.25x speed to get the action the author intended.
Scott Brick does a good job but that is it really. It is really boring until there is about 2 hours left, then it speeds up.
To me the story is kind of stupid. He gets a job and that night his client's son dies and he is 8000% going to get the bad guys. It was like he had to get toed into the wave without the story developing. It was like the author so wanted to write about the Japanese culture and had to write a novel around it.
If you are reading this you know Scott Brick does a good job. I bought this because of him and, although he did a good job, the book was not very good.
I made it through the first book in the series and figured book 2 would be worthwhile. I was wrong. Felt like the story took too long and it was arduous to listen to. I finally gave up.
Yes, overall it was a good read, mostly due to Brick's narration, story itself about average for this genre.
Too many factions for one detective to deal with
No, it would be too predictable
Brick's excellent narration made this workwhile
I was intrigued at first but after finishing about half the book I began to lose interest. It's a good read and Scott Brick does a fantastic job reading it, but my attention was not held the entire time.
I live in Japan and I real enjoyed the cultural references as well as the way the author has an understanding of Japanese culture.
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