- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Orion (4 November 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752802402
- ISBN-13: 978-0752802404
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
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Five Stars13 November 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
I LOVE Peter Tasker!
ugh8 March 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
just didn't do it for me. I barely got thru chapter 1 before I ran to half price books. Glad I didn't buy it new.
Michael K. Smith
This is NOT "Memoirs of a Geisha"!3 September 2002 - Published on Amazon.com
I was a bit confused for the first couple of chapters of this galloping mystery, but then I realized that the principal characters were confused, too. There are three main proponents: Richard Mitchell, semi-novice financier from Yorkshire who has relocated to Tokyo to seek his fortune, Kazuo Mori, hard-boiled private detective (or "economic and social researcher"), who takes on a case involing the mysterious death of and old friend's daughter, and Tamura, assistant manager of one of the most important branches of one of Japan's most important banks, who wakes to find himself in a love hotel with the corpse of an attractive young woman. There are several memorable nemesises, too: Yazawa, the financial whiz-kid who drives Mitchell on with his unpredictable style, Ono, founder and godhead of a new cult, who seems to be behind the deaths of several of his female followers, and "Snowbird," a warped but very professional yakuza. As the several threads begin to draw closer together, and as you begin to discern what the real threats are, you'll find yourself staying up late to finish the book. Tasker is himself an English financier resident in Japan, and he writes with authoritative knowledge of both those worlds, so the story resonates with verisimilitude. Nor was I distracted by the "foreignness" of the world the author, and the characters, so ably move in.
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Exciting Japanese Thriller6 February 2003 - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this book! It was tough at the beginning (getting used to the Japanese character names and organizing who is who) but once I got that figured out it was terrific. I have read only one other book based in Japan and ironically my husband was reading it ("Memoirs of a Geisha") at the same time I was ready this one. Wow, are they different! This is a great thriller with twists, turns and a story line that is new and fresh. It also gives you a look into current day Japan from the point of view of a "foreigner". The dialogue is so good and really made me feel like I was there and getting a real flavor for how the Japanese communicate with each other. I can't wait to read "Silent Thunder" and "Samarai Boogie" both of which I understand use the Mori private eye character again.
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