In Japantown ($25.00), a fresh and engaging thriller, an American antique dealer-turned-reluctant-private eye must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco, even as he and his daughter become targets for the same mysterious killer.
Jim Brodie, a San Francisco antique dealer with ties to a Tokyo-based
private investigation firm, 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, Brodie has advised the local police in the past, but
when he arrives at the crime scene, the near-perfect murder offers only
one clue—an unreadable scrap of paper that has devastating personal
consequences not only for the victims but for Brodie himself.
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 those of his entire circle of family and friends.
Drawing on a wealth of insider information on Japanese culture, Japantown offers a riveting read and a terrific new series character in Jim Brodie.
Barry Lancet has lived in Japan for more than twenty-five years. His former position as an editor at one of the nation’s largest publishers gave him access to the inner circles in traditional and business fields most outsiders are never granted, and an insider’s view that informs his writing.
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.