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Tokyo Zangyo

Tokyo Zangyo

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2021

Company ethos, workplace tension and pressure result in calamity in this mystery set in Japan. When the police are called to a scene they discover a manager in one of Japan’s largest and esteemed businesses dead in the shadow of his company's headquarters. What follows in ‘Tokyo Zangyo’ by Michael Pronko is a mystery that involves company wide secrets, corporate pressures of overworking and unpaid overtime, connected by the apparent suicide of two employees. Detectives must put in the hours themselves in order to break through the closed doors of the elite business owners and their powerful friends in order to establish what really happened. I found this story engaging and wasn’t able to guess the ending at any point as I read. I felt that the author did really well to establish a sense of place by embedding the Japanese working culture and pressure into the very heart of the mystery while also making the corporate structures and work-life struggles something understandable if not relatable. There’s a number of detective characters, each distinct and interesting in their own way. I would be interested in hearing more from this cast of detectives and how they work through future cases. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Other books by Michael Pronko

Tokyo Zangyo

Tokyo Zangyo

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/07/2021

Tokyo Zangyo by Michael Pronko

Tokyo Traffic

Tokyo Traffic

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/06/2020

Tokyo Traffic by Michael Pronko

The Moving Blade

The Moving Blade

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/2018

The Moving Blade by Michael Pronko

Last Train

Last Train

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Ebook Release Date: 31/05/2017

Last Train by Michael Pronko

The Last Train

The Last Train

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2017

The Last Train by Michael Pronko

Motions and Moments

Motions and Moments

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/12/2015

Motions and Moments by Michael Pronko

Tokyo's Mystery Deepens

Tokyo's Mystery Deepens

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Ebook Release Date: 13/01/2015

What happens when large bugs get trapped on crowded Tokyo trains? How does allergy season affect Tokyo's millions? Ever wonder why Japanese love to take photos together or how everyone feels during rainy season? How is Tokyo made so compact and made as much from imagination as from concrete and steel? Longtime resident, writer and professor Michael Pronko shows just why Tokyo life is equal parts trial and joy. This collection offers up essential skills for living in the vastest, most crowded city in the world-sweating politely, suffering noise and glancing in mirrors--and muses over the minutest of daily details-window flowers, eye contact and small gestures of thanks. If you're traveling to Tokyo, these essays point you toward the undercurrents of life and if you've ever considered visiting Tokyo, these essays will give you more reasons to go. Tokyo's Mystery Deepens brings together essays from Pronko's monthly column in Newsweek Japan, which has remained highly popular with Japanese readers for the last ten years. Originally published in Japanese, these concise, pointed essays are available in English for the first time. As with the first collection, Beauty and Chaos, Pronko examines Tokyo as a city, a culture and an overpowering experience. Tokyo's Mystery Deepens taps into the enigmatic sides of Tokyo with humor, delicacy and a large dose of healthy confusion. Praise for Beauty and Chaos:"e;Japanese who are used to Tokyo are caught off guard by his conclusions derived from careful observation, and are struck dumb...Tokyo, the city we are so careless of, suddenly starts to become glorious. It is a wonder!"e; Chunichi Shimbun (Newspaper) (translated from Japanese version) "e;Giving up the bias and seeing the city with completely different standards, you will see the unexpected, attractive face of Tokyo. This book is a guide for rediscovering Tokyo that lets us see the city with unique new features."e; Nikkan Gendai (translated from Japanese version) Japanese version available from KADOKAWA Publishers as: a E a aa a aeZaaSae-aae*aa a zaaa a a -a -a ae'-)

Tokyo's Mystery Deepens

Tokyo's Mystery Deepens

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/12/2014

Tokyo's Mystery Deepens by Michael Pronko

Beauty and Chaos

Beauty and Chaos

Author: Michael Pronko Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2014

Beauty and Chaos by Michael Pronko

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