Tokyo Year Zero

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Faber & Faber, Sep 4, 2008 - Fiction - 400 pages

'Brilliant.' New York Times
'Remarkable.' Irish Times

August 1946. One year on from surrender and Tokyo lies broken and bleeding at the feet of its American victors.

Against this extraordinary historical backdrop, Tokyo Year Zero opens with the discovery of the bodies of two young women in Shiba Park. Against his wishes, Detective Minami is assigned to the case; as he gets drawn ever deeper into these complex and horrific murders, he realises that his own past and secrets are indelibly linked to those of the dead women and their killer.

'A feat of prodigious and intense imagination.' The Times

'A chilling tale of murder, corruption and post-war devastation.' Observer Books of the Year

'Part historical stunner, part Kurosawa crime film, an original all the way.' James Ellroy


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Well this one certainly is different! It's basically detective historical fiction - police solving a series of murders in Tokyo immediately after WW2. But the writing style belongs to no genre that I ... Read full review

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March 27; Page 1, naively optimistic I dreamt that Captain Kangaroo was working as a bartender last night. He was the same as I remember him, except he didn't have that velour-looking sports coat on ... Read full review

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David Peace was born and raised in Yorkshire. He taught English in Istanbul from 1992-1993 and then moved to Tokyo - where he has lived ever since. He is the author of the Red Riding Quartet and GB84, and was included on Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2003. His most recent book was The Damned Utd, described by The Times as 'probably the best book ever written about sport.'

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