A Thriller

Book - 2013
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"Best of Debut of the Year" -- Suspense Magazine
WINNER of the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel
Optioned for TV by J.J. Abrams & Warner Bros.

In this "sophisticated international thriller" ( The New York Times Book Review ), an American antiques-dealer-turned-reluctant-private-eye must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco--before he and his daughter become targets themselves.

San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie receives a call one night from a friend at the SFPD: an entire family has been senselessly gunned down in the Japantown neighborhood of the bustling city. As an American born and raised in Japan and part-owner of his father's Tokyo private investigation firm, Brodie has advised the local police in the past, but the near-perfect murders in Japantown are like nothing he's ever encountered.

With his array of Asian contacts and fluency in Japanese, Brodie follows leads gathered from a shadow powerbroker, a renegade Japanese detective, and the elusive tycoon at the center of the Japantown murders along a trail that takes him from the crime scene in California to terrorized citizens and informants in Japan. Step by step, he unravels a web of intrigue stretching back centuries and unearths a deadly secret that threatens not only his life but also the lives of his entire circle of family and friends. "Readers will want to see more of the talented Jim Brodie, with his expertise in Japanese culture, history, and martial arts" ( Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451691696
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 28, 2015

Page 281: "Juniper Sierra Boulevard" is a non-existent San Francisco street. The correct name is "Junipero Serra Boulevard."

Noodle-by-noodle descriptions of Noda's eating recur and recur. Why bore the reader?

May 01, 2014

Well written, with a good feel for Japanese culture but there is a big BUT. The main character has some martial arts training with some added street fighting experience. Through-out the entire book he is up against a ninja-type clan with thirty generations of fighting training and unlimited financial resources. They are supposed to be the badest killers ever. Single-handedly he defeats them one on one or in groups plus the most improbable luck and chance are always on his side. Once or twice, OK: he's the main character and the reader is on his side but when EVERY time he is up against these world-class ninjas he wins, it becomes actually boring. The book turns into the worst novel of wish-fulfillment I have ever read.


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