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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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Good true crime, but I would have appreciated it more if the author had examined the case from a feminist perspective: Why did the perpetrator prey on women? Did the police take this crime (and the rapes that preceded it) less seriously because the victims were women? ( )
  librarianarpita | Dec 14, 2014 |
Fascinating look inside the Japanese criminal court system. As a former crime/courts reporter, I connected with many of Parry's observations in covering a high-profile missing person/murder case -- the intense pressure on victims' families in how their grief should appear in public, for example, and the frustrating attempts to understand someone accused of horrifying acts. ( )
  katherinesayre | Oct 22, 2013 |
Such a thoughtful approach to such a sensational case. ( )
  allison.sivak | Jul 9, 2013 |
Murder in a foreign land and the strange culture of Japan. Better than Truman Capote’s IN COLD BLOOD? PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS is on an entirely different level where the facts are the facts and the ambience is weaved from the tightly drawn threads of two societies. My complete review is available at my book review blog, http://www.tgblogger.com/?p=1533#more-1533 ( )
  LynBarTri | Jun 30, 2013 |
Like so many books there was too much detail that didn't move the story forward. It was a bizarre and compelling true crime story well told by a journalist for the Times of London who headed the bureau in Tokyo. At times it was eerie. It is well worth a detour if true crime is your think. I happen to like journalistic writing which this is. ( )
  SigmundFraud | Jun 23, 2013 |
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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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