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People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up | [Richard Lloyd Parry]

People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?
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Publisher's Summary

Lucie Blackman - tall, blond, 21 years old - stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and disappeared. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, and Lucie’s desperate but bitterly divided parents. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work as a hostess in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo really involve?

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, followed the case from the beginning. Over the course of a decade, as the rest of the world forgot but the trial dragged on, he traveled to four continents to interview those connected with the story, assiduously followed the court proceedings, and won unique access to the Japanese detectives who investigated the case. Ultimately he earned the respect of the victim’s family and delved deep into the mind and background of the man accused of the crime - Joji Obara, described by the judge as “unprecedented and extremely evil.” The result is a book at once thrilling and revelatory.

Richard Lloyd Parry is the Asia editor and Tokyo bureau chief of the London Times and the author of In the Time of Madness.

©2011, 2012 Richard Lloyd Parry (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“A masterpiece of writing this surely is, but it is more than that - it is a committed, compassionate, courageous act of journalism that changes the way we think. Everyone who has ever loved someone and held that life dear should read this stunning book, and shiver.” (Chris Cleave, number one New York Times best-selling author of Little Bee)

“I opened this book as a skeptic. I am not a lover of true crime…. But Richard Lloyd Parry's remarkable examination of [this] crime, what it revealed about Japanese society and how it unsettled conventional notions of bereavement, elevates his book above the genre. People Who Eat Darkness is a searing exploration of evil and trauma and how both ultimately elude understanding or resolution.… Just as the grief of Blackman’s parents is unassaugeable, Obara and his motives are unknowable. That is the darkness at the heart of this book, one Lloyd Parry conveys with extraordinary effect and emotion.… People Who Eat Darkness is a fascinating mediation that does not pretend to offer pat answers to obscene mysteries.” (New York Times Book Review)

“[A] masterful literary true crime story, which earns its comparisons to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and Norman Mailer's The Executioner’s Song.… Like the case of Etan Patz, the Lucie Blackman disappearance captured the public imagination. By writing about it in such culturally informed detail, Parry subtly encourages an understanding that goes past the headlines. It is a dark, unforgettable ride.” (Los Angeles Times)

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    Sharon United States 07-28-13
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    "FANTASTIC!!!"

    I wish that I could give this book 6 stars or change some of the books that I rated 5 stars to 4. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the book; so much that I finished it in 2 days. Simon Vance is one of my absolute favorite narrators. This book is in my top 5 favorite books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 06-28-13
    R POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    Fact based book which was gripping, sad (because it was true) and a solid story about the dealings of life. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes true fiction (crime or mystery) but a book which allows us to reflect and analyze life.

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    RMace 06-19-13
    RMace 06-19-13

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    "An engrossing read."

    If you like true crime, you will love this well-written book. The murders occurred in Japan. The author explores the psychology of Japanese culture as well as that of the murderer himself. I recommend this book.

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    Noelle Campbell Houston, TX USA 06-08-13
    Noelle Campbell Houston, TX USA 06-08-13 Member Since 2014

    Saving the world, one person at a time, starting with me.

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    Would you listen to People Who Eat Darkness again? Why?

    I would listen and will be listening to this story again. It is a great read, besides being a fascinating look inside a culture that is hardly ever exposed to us in the states.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of People Who Eat Darkness?

    The blood money.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    Loved Simon's read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who are the people who eat darkness?


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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Had me... then lost me... then had me..."

    "Oooh, a chilling premise. Let's find out what happened to these missing girls! Creepy! Who did this? Are they satanic? Are they... oh, I'm getting bored. yawn. Wait, what just happened? Better rewind... Oh, okay, this is getting better... Ooooh no way! Wow this is getting good!... Oh. Actually, that's kind of a letdown.... Well, I saw that coming. Should I just stop listening? No, i really want to see what happens. What should I have for dinner? ..."

    -My brain while listening to this book

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    Grabowski 03-02-15
    Grabowski 03-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Leave the lights on."

    Exhaustive true crime reporting. The story is sad and terrifying. The narrator is coherent and emotive. One of the best all-around audiobooks I've listened to so far.

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    D.b Brooklyn, NY 02-23-15
    D.b Brooklyn, NY 02-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "decent book but somehow the flow was off."

    I narrative flow was rambling. narrator was great as was expl j nation of hostesses and the red light district categories.

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    DJ Alden, New York, US 02-19-15
    DJ Alden, New York, US 02-19-15 Member Since 2010

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    "I would listen to Vance read the telephone book."
    What made the experience of listening to People Who Eat Darkness the most enjoyable?

    I think I've purchased most of the available books Vance has narrated. I would not normally purchase a crime novel but was surfing through the site and saw he was reading this book so I bought it. As anticipated, it was well worth the listen. The story is well written, compelling and provided an unexpected glimpse into Japanese culture that was enlightening. The writer clearly knew his subject matter and presented an objective narrative of the facts, with appropriate insight, while being neither overly sentimental, nor judgmental.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book. The story is a page-turner and Vance reads with his usual style and grace - leaving you hanging on his last word and wishing for more.

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    Anissa M. Phillips Albany, GA 01-02-15
    Anissa M. Phillips Albany, GA 01-02-15 Member Since 2014

    When you come right down to it, the secret to having it all is believing that you do! :)

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    "Excellent story"

    This book was narrated in a fantastic way. It offered a story in great detail and while it was full of facts and information, at times, I almost felt overwhelmed by the details. It was necessary to some degree, but a bit much for me. A story that will stay with you and leave you feeling a bit helpless and sad. However, if this type book is your cup of tea....definitely give it a chance.

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    What did you love best about People Who Eat Darkness?

    All he investigated work. I do not like the title though and not sure why the author chose that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of People Who Eat Darkness?

    The most memorable came near the end, but don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it. There were quite a few though.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Richard Parry


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The legal system in Japan and all the "hostess" places there.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book! It did get a little long toward the end for me.

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