Six Four

Six Four

Book - 2016
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Six Four. The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no listener could predict. For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as 'Six Four'. They would never forgive the authorities their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.
Publisher: London : Quercus, 2016
ISBN: 9781848665262
Characteristics: 634 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lloyd-Davies, Jonathan


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Mar 20, 2017

A compelling story with interesting characters, tension and insights into modern Japanese culture. As I read, I often thought about how differently the main characters would react and how the story-line would unfold if the story was set in North America, Europe or Scandinavia. The writing was not stilted (kudos to the translator). Make sure you do not skim over the names of the key characters - several are fairly similar and if you become confused about who is who, you might be confused.

Mar 09, 2017

Well written but about 200 pages too long. It was enlightening to read about the way Japan approaches law enforcement compared to the US, but unless you are very interested in police-media relations it is a long slog. Gets interesting in the last 150 pages.

Mar 03, 2017

The failed recovery of a girl kidnapped 14 years before Yokoyama's novel finds Mikami, the police press director, obsessing over a revealing memo and his own daughter's disappearance. The classic procedural echoes contemporary Western writers with a fresh take on revenge and cover-up. I wonder why it took four years to release in England and America. More to come.

Nov 30, 2016

"This Japanese super-seller, translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies, is a police-procedural conspiracy thriller involving two disappearances that also rivetingly dramatises the mindsets and lifestyles of contemporary Japan." the Guardian

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