Blue light Yokohama

by Obregón, Nicolás,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 11 copies
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Newly reinstated to the Homicide Division and transferred to a precinct in Tokyo, Inspector Iwata is facing superiors who don't want him there and is assigned a recalcitrant partner, Noriko Sakai, who'd rather work with anyone else. After the previous detective working the case killed himself, Iwata and Sakai are assigned to investigate the slaughter of an entire family, a brutal murder with no clear motive or killer. At the crime scene, they find puzzling ritualistic details. Black smudges. A strange incense smell. And a symbol--a large black sun. Iwata doesn't know what the symbol means but he knows what the killer means by it: I am here. I am not finished.

As Iwata investigates, it becomes clear that these murders by the Black Sun Killer are not the first, nor the last attached to that symbol. As he tries to track down the history of black sun symbol, puzzle out the motive for the crime, and connect this to other murders, Iwata finds himself racing another clock--the superiors who are trying to have him removed for good.

Haunted by his own past, his inability to sleep, and a song, 'Blue Light Yokohama,' Iwata is at the center of a compelling, brilliantly moody, layered novel sure to be one of the most talked about debuts in 2017.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Inspector Kosuke Iwata has been transferred to Tokyo Homicide, and it appears from the start that he has been set up to fail. He is assigned a case involving the ritualistic murder of an entire family. The previous detective committed suicide. The story was inspired by an actual unsolved crime in 2000. The author includes some of the haunting curiosities from that event and adds the cultlike element of the image of a large black sun. These are not the first, nor the last, killings by the Black Sun Killer, and Iwata must determine how the victims were connected before he can identify the dark forces at work. Iwata is a man beset by many devils of his own. He is obsessed with the song Blue Light Yokohama, and lines relating to two troubling backstories about his earlier life are frequent, at times distracting from what is otherwise a compelling narrative. This moody noir by debut author Obregón succeeds on many levels, although the ending seems just a bit too upbeat for the genre.--Murphy, Jane Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "After a tantalizing prologue, Obregón maintains a high level of suspense throughout his superior fiction debut, an intricately constructed whodunit that doesn't sacrifice depth of characterization for plot. One day in 1996, policeman Hideo Akashi and his wife are riding a cable car in the Nagasaki Prefecture when a woman attempts to open the car door. After stabbing the attendant who tries to stop her, she succeeds in opening the door and jumps out. Akashi manages to grab her by the arm, but after seeing a tattoo on her wrist of a large black sun, he lets her plummet to her death. Fifteen years later, Akashi, a respected Tokyo police inspector, jumps to his death off a bridge. Akashi had been investigating the murders of the Kaneshiros, parents and two children, who were butchered in their home by a killer who removed the father's heart. The case passes to Inspector Iwata, who notices a drawing of a black sun on the ceiling of the bedroom where one of the victims was found. While the complex mystery itself will keep readers turning pages, the book's real strength is Iwata, a compellingly tormented lead, whose demons don't prevent him from doggedly pursuing the truth. Agent: Daniel Kirschen, ICM Partners. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Fiction.
Homicide investigation -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Fiction.
Police -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Fiction.
Tokyo (Japan) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 408 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250110480
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