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Title:People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
Authors:Richard Lloyd Parry
Info:FSG Originals (2012), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 464 pages
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Tags:True Crime, Nonfiction, Social and Cultural History

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People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up by Richard Lloyd Parry

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An interesting true crime read with some cultural lessons about Japan - it just needed some editing - too long and included accounts that aren't really necessary to further the story. ( )
  sbenne3 | May 28, 2016 |
Lucie Blackman disappeared on July 1, 2000 her mutilated body parts were found in a cave near the ocean on Feb 1, 2001 and it took until December 16, 2008 to convict the man who did this and numerous other rapes to life in prison.

When I first, saw this on a kindle daily deal I thought it was a much older crime so I was stunned to find it was a fairly recent incident but I remember nothing on this case. Parry a British journalist living in Japan does a great job researching and laying out the facts of what happened. He includes the odd behavior of Lucie's family and the other tragedies that befell them. He also spends a fair amount of time on the underground sex trade of Japan that is known but to often ignored until these type of cases bring it to the fore front.

Here is a link to the UK article on the case: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/3792078/Lucie-Blackman-murder-case-Timeli...

More can be found about Lucie and his other possible victims.

One good thing is he was caught and is in prison. ( )
  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
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  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
Gripping true crime read. ( )
  seschanfield | Mar 7, 2016 |
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 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374230595, Paperback)

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:42 -0400)

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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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