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Tokyo Lives

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  7 reviews
When a teenage runaway-turned-prostitute is found murdered in the dark alleys of Tokyo's raunchiest red-light district, no one seems to care...except The Snake, a grizzled, whiskeyswilling yakuza. It's an affront to his authority: No one gets away with murder on his turf. Determined to render justice and restore his reputation, The Snake juggles his investigation amidst an ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by iUniverse
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tokyo lives is fast paced and a little edgy but i really loved it. you can tell hersberger knows his subject well. there's one twist after another and the insights into the japanese underworld are fascinating. the characters are well drawn and deep. hopefully a sequel is on the way soon!
I really enjoyed this book. It was full of action, very gritty and really gave me a feeling for the parts of Tokyo I will never see.
It reminded me of an opera. The characters were, in a way, larger and less complex than the people we meet every day. The emotions
were very dramatic. I really hope there will be a second book from Mark Hersberger.
Jennifer Defoy
This was a really good book. It had a bit of everything in it. There was a hint of a love story. There was a really good murder mystery. It had emotions. And it was just exciting to read. I really liked it.

The main character The Snake was a great character. He is a gangster who is loyal to his "family", he is also ready to be done with the life he leads. That internal dilemma leads to some great twists in the story. While some of the other characters play fairly large roles in the book I connect
I know my review will be bias because I love the whole culture of Japan but this book was defiantly one that kept me on my toes. How the story unveils itself is just amazing. There is enough of a hook to make you go...what time is it? Oh I can sneak in another chapter. The chapters are not very long so it was a very quick read and very easy to be left hanging waiting on the next clue. There were enough surprises in here to make me put down the book and go...wait wait wait...did I just read that ...more
Simon Green
Amazing book! I used to live in Tokyo and reading this felt like I was back there. Hersberger's knowledge of the local geography and neighborhoods in unparalleled.
Karen Laing
Struggled with this one. Disappointing, I expected much more from the reviews I read.
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Mark Hersberger is an award-winning corporate communications professional. He has written extensively about Japan, including climbing Mt. Fuji, visiting Zen temples, and the urban landscape. He spent two years prowling the streets of Tokyo and no detail goes unnoticed as he weaves together the citizens and the city that defines them. Mark can be reached at
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