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Japantown: A Thriller (A Jim Brodie Novel)

by Barry Lancet

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Found as 2015 Shamus Award Finalist. First in series. BOOK is in Merlin. ( )
  rwt42 | Sep 25, 2016 |
An exciting thriller - plan to read others in the series. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Mar 23, 2016 |
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars but there are two reasons why I didn't.
First the good. This reminded me of old Dirk Pitt books, lots of action and ingenious bad guys. I also like the introduction to Japanese culture and the way the Japanese behave.
The two downsides were:
1. The bad guys behaving like those in James Bond movies where instead of just shooting Mr Bond they talk forever, giving Bond time to escape and or kill them.
2. Any of the chapters with the Brodie's kid in them. I was like enough already. Jenny the lead character's 6 year old was annoying, and the dialog between daddy and daughter was cloying, so much so that if she had played a bigger part, I doubt I would read other books by this author.
That said I will continue with the series, hoping the daughter is not a part of future plots. ( )
  zmagic69 | Mar 12, 2016 |
Lancet did a very good job writing this book. The characters were well drawn out and the plot just thickened and thickened. Enjoyed reading it very much because it was a "full bodied" mystery, not just a quick read. Obviously this is a book in which the main character has been written about in other books.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church" ( )
  whoizme8 | Dec 11, 2015 |
Suspense with quite a bit of blood and gore. Shadow power, conspiracy theories, ninja-like assassins! The writing is quick paced, but this is a bit shallow and a few too many plot twists and coincidences. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
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A wise man hears what makes no sound and sees what has no shape.
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To my parents, Bob and Lenny, for their unflagging support, and to those of my Japanese friends who have always felt "hemmed in."
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Two shades of red darkened the Japantown concourse by the time I arrived.
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An American antiques dealer-turned-reluctant private investigator draws on his knowledge of Japanese culture to assist the San Francisco police department with the senseless murder of an entire family.

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