Blue Light Yokohama
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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.
Am impressive debut for a new British author and travel journalist, BLUE LIGHT YOKOHAMA daringly introduces a foreign cop, Inspector Kosuke Iwata, as its main character and series focus. Newly transferred to Tokyo's homicide squad and assigned blunt Assistant Inspector Noriko Sakai, a female sidekick no one else wishes to work with, he is also presented with a case his preceding investigator ended up committing suicide over his failure to solve. A family of four had been horribly slaughtered after which the indifferent killer had spent leisurely time in their apartment, alongside the bodies, even savouring ice-cream and surfing the web. Iwata is a man with a torturous past and endemic corruption amongst his fellow officers is just a further stumbling block to resolving the case as the clock is running before the murderer strikes again and he is demoted. Inspired by a real life case, this is an exemplary police procedural, with memorable characters and an exotic and evocative sense of place. Striking. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon
Inspired by the still unsolved murder of a Japanese family in 2000, Blue Light Yokohama is 2017's most original and gripping crime debut ...Setagaya ward, Tokyo Inspector Kosuke Iwata, newly transferred to Tokyo's homicide department, is assigned a new partner and a secondhand case. Blunt, hard as nails and shunned by her colleagues, Assistant Inspector Noriko Sakai is a partner Iwata decides it would be unwise to cross. A case that's complicated - a family of four murdered in their own home by a killer who then ate ice cream, surfed the web and painted a hideous black sun on the bedroom ceiling before he left in broad daylight. A case that so haunted the original investigator that he threw himself off the city's famous Rainbow Bridge. Carrying his own secret torment, Iwata is no stranger to pain. He senses the trauma behind the killer's brutal actions. Yet his progress is thwarted in the unlikeliest of places. Fearing corruption among his fellow officers, tracking a killer he's sure is only just beginning and trying to put his own shattered life back together, Iwata knows time is running out before he's taken off the case or there are more killings ...Blue Light Yokohama is crime fiction at its very best - gripping, haunting, atmospheric and utterly captivating. 'Outstanding' Sunday Express 'Taut and atmospheric with twists galore' Woman & Home 'Tantalising. An intricately constructed whodunit' Publisher's Weekly 'Obregon is a bright, sophisticated new voice in crime fiction: his writing sings at you, reverberates, makes you consider more than just the urgent clamour of his novel's well-hewn murder plot. In Inspector Iwata, he has created a quiet, troubled hero whom readers will be sure to follow from one disturbing, atmospheric story to the next' Benjamin Wood, author of The Ecliptic
'Taut and atmospheric with twists galore' Woman & Home
'A twisty, highly entertaining thriller that pulls us into the heart of an unconventional hero as he fights corruption in the gritty, glittering world of Tokyo' -- Julia Heaberlin, author of Sunday Times bestseller Black-Eyed Susans
'Poetic, chilling and mesmerizing storytelling' -- Ragnar Jonasson, internationally bestselling author of Snowblind
'An outstanding debut' -- The most awaited books of 2017, Sunday Express
With its Japanese setting and characters, Blue Light Yokohama offers up a bold and refreshingly different take on the serial killer tale' Simon Beckett
'Obregon is a bright, sophisticated new voice in crime fiction: his writing sings at you, reverberates, makes you consider more than just the urgent clamour of his novel's well-hewn murder plot. In Inspector Iwata, he has created a quiet, troubled hero whom readers will be sure to follow from one disturbing, atmospheric story to the next' -- Benjamin Wood, author of The Ecliptic
'Obregon's full-bodied prose is by turns gritty and poetic, and it's consistently energetic. Given the terrific chemistry between the two lead detectives, here's hoping this debut novel kicks off a new series' Kirkus Review
About the Author
Publication date2nd February 2017
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PublisherMichael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
CategoriesThriller / suspense
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