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by Richard Lloyd Parry

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A reasonably engaging and incredibly detailed recounting of the disappearance of Lucie Blackman, a young British woman working as a hostess in Tokyo's seedy Roppongi district. There's something pretty exploitative about the whole true crime genre, and I did wonder halfway through why I was reading this - what does anyone gain from rehashing the grisly details of what turns out to be a pretty tawdry and deeply depressing story? I'm not sure. Parry does a good job of providing some cultural context for the crime, its investigation and the eventual trial of the perpetrator, but I came away feeling saddened and a bit cheapened. I guess I'm just not really a true crime type of guy. ( )
  mjlivi | Feb 2, 2016 |
A gritty tale of mayhem set in Tokyo that features Tony Blair and either a bumbling police force or one bought off by other forces. It is also shows a family torn apart by the murder of a woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. And all set in a land where crime is virtually nonexistent. Spoiler: The woman is torn apart and so is the family. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
This is such a good read. Thrilling, unheimlich, fascinating, disgusting and intriguing.

It's a story about the disappearance of a young British woman in the bizarre vortex of the Tokyo water business (the term used for a variety of adult or not so adult goings on). But it's also - and perhaps even more - a story of trying to understand what can't be understood. Of coming to grips with what can't be gripped. Why this girl? Why (spoiler) did the abductor do as he did? What made him tick? And most chillingly of all, what if there really is no explanation to his crimes? What if he is simply a human, not the devil his actions suggest? The story is also a story about Japan and the Japanese. About a culture so hard to fathom - and perhaps because of this, so fascinating.

I recommend this book highly. You will not be able to put it down or easily forget it. Four (very big) stars out of five. ( )
  Jan.Stinus.Nielsen | Oct 5, 2015 |
It quickly becomes clear why this book was shortlisted for so many awards. Parry spent ten years researching the case, interviewing involved parties, attending trials, and talking with the police.

All this research made it possible for him to create an in-depth, thorough account of Lucie Blackman, a young British woman who went missing in Japan. She was working as a hostess in the Rappongi district; her job involved making conversation with Japanese men. When she went missing, many believed her disappearance must have somehow been connected to her job, to the fact that she was a beautiful foreigner-or, as a mysterious phone call claimed, because she had joined a religious cult.

This was a case I knew nothing about, but by the time I finished this gripping read, I felt completely informed and emotionally invested. The only time Parry went awry was in the very last chapter, when he abandoned his research to wax philosophically on life and death.

This is a book about a terrible crime, but it is also about family ties, culture, the role of women, the legal system, and how one act can have reverberations for generations to come. ( )
  seasonsoflove | Sep 17, 2015 |
One of the best true crime novels I have read. Could not put it down. ( )
  Fearshop | Aug 20, 2015 |
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Lucie Blackman—tall, blond, twenty-one years old—stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.
Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, covered Lucie’s disappearance and followed the massive search for her, the long investigation, and the even longer trial. Over ten years, he earned the trust of her family and friends, won unique access to the Japanese detectives and Japan’s convoluted legal system, and delved deep into the mind of the man accused of the crime, Joji Obara, described by the judge as “unprecedented and extremely evil.”

The result is a book at once thrilling and revelatory, “In Cold Blood for our times” (Chris Cleave, author of Incendiary and Little Bee).
The People Who Eat Darkness is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012

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Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, chronicles the 2000 disappearance, massive search, long investigation, and the even longer murder trial behind the gruesome murder case of Lucie Blackman in Japan.

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