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In the summer of 2000, Jane Steare received the phone call every mother dreads. Her daughter Lucie Blackman - tall, blonde and 21 years old - had stepped into the vastness of a Tokyo summer and disappeared forever.

That winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a desolate seaside cave. Her disappearance was mystifying. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? What did her work, as a 'hostess' in the notorious Roppongi district of Tokyo, really involve? And could Lucie's fate be linked to the disappearance of another girl some 10 years earlier?

Over the course of a decade, Richard Lloyd Parry has travelled to four continents to interview those caught up in the story and been given unprecedented access to Lucie's bitterly divided family to reveal the astonishing truth about Lucie and her fate.

©2011 Richard Lloyd Parry (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-17

incredibly sad story. but gripping

I'd heard of Lucie naturally. But didn't really know the story behind her sad death. This book gives incredible detail about her murder and that of her assailants other victims. a truly evil individual.

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  • Calum Francis Dougan
  • 04-15-18

A Tragic Tale And A Uniquely Brilliant Book

Instantly one of my favourite books and my favourite in the true crime genre. I bought the book on Thursday and finished it by Sunday afternoon. It's one of those books that is impossible to put down and complemented by great narration. It's also the saddest and most personal account of a disappearance and murder I've ever come across. Parry tells the story in a way that will knock the wind out of you at every turn. He brings Lucy and her family out of the newspaper columns and into a horrifying grim reality in a way that not many writers can.


Parry is very intimate in his coverage of the people involved, this is where the best part of the book is. Not like most true crime books which simply process through the background, murder and investigation, but in showing everyone involved in a way that makes them very real. You will relate with their real suffering, conflicts and faults in their search and bereavement. You will feel pain for Lucy and her family as you enter their shattered world and learn about their tragic story in a depth that leaves no question unanswered. Not for the faint of heart.

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  • Mary Ann von Radowitz
  • 01-22-18

Very chilling and disturbing story

This is a very disturbing story, not least because the perpetrator had money and influence to be able to avoid detection for so long. And who knows how many other unfortunates came into his clutches? Well written, well narrated (Simon Vance is my favourite narrator which is why I chose this book originally) and leaves a feeling of disconcertment.

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  • cilla
  • 09-11-18

Compelling, dark, true crime

This book is a detailed and gripping account of the events leading up to the murder of Lucie Blackman and the long road to justice. It is extremely well researched and covers every possible angle. Simon Vance's narration is perfect