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Blue Light Yokohama

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A beautifully plotted police procedural set in Japan by a new British author, this wonderfully crafted suspense sees a pair of police investigators with highly troubled pasts of their own brought on board to examine a series of strange murders which had defeated a previous, talented cop, only to find the case opposed in house and growing layers of suspicion clouding their dogged efforts. Intricate but rewarding and with just the right touch of the exotic alongside some horrific murders and a story that develops from the far past into the activities of modern cults, religion, contemporary politics and more to keep you in its fierce vice of a ritually-paced story. Evocative and serpentine, this marks the debut of a fresh new voice and a remarkable maverick detective with a difference. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

Synopsis

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon

Based on a real-life murder Blue Light Yokohama is set among Tokyo's glitteringly busy streets, where a family of four were killed in their own home. The first detective died trying to solve it. Now it is up to Inspector Iwata to unravel the truth . . . Recently transferred to Tokyo's homicide department, Inspector Kosuke Iwata is assigned a new partner and a secondhand case - a family of four murdered in their own home by a killer who painted a hideous black sun on the bedroom ceiling before leaving in broad daylight. The original investigator was said to have killed himself by leaping from the city's famous rainbow bridge.Iwata and his partner Sakai must track a murderer he's sure is only just getting started. Impeded by corrupt fellow officers and haunted by a past he can't escape, Iwata knows time is running out. Before he's taken off the case, or, far worse, the killer strikes again. Because Iwata doesn't know exactly what the symbol means, but he knows what the killer is trying to say: I am here. I am not finished.

Reviews

'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

'An outstanding debut' The most awaited books of 2017, Sunday Express

'With a labyrinthine plot and a likable protagonist, Blue Light Yokohama is a strong beginning to what promises to be an excellent series' The Guardian


About the Author

Nicolas Obregon

British born of a Spanish father and a French mother, Nicolas Obregon grew up between London and Madrid. As a travel writer, Nicolas has had an extensive experience of Japan but the beginning of his fascination with the country came from watching Japanese cartoons as a young boy. The inspiration for Blue Light Yokohama is easy to mark. During his first trip to Japan, Nicolas came across an article about a real-life crime which was to haunt him. Sixteen years after this atrocity, the case remains unsolved. Nicolas Obregon is a graduate of the acclaimed Birkbeck Creative Writing Masters course and a former bookseller for Waterstones.

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Publication date

18th September 2017

Author

Nicolas Obregon

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Author's Website

www.obregonbooks.com

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9781405926898