THE NIGHTMARE NO PARENT COULD ENDURE. THE CASE NO DETECTIVE COULD SOLVE. THE TWIST NO READER COULD PREDICT.
For five days, the parents of a seven-year-old Japanese schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. And they would never see their daughter alive again.
Fourteen years later, the mystery remains uns...more
It's…moreAccording to wikipedia (https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/横山秀夫) the book is the latest of a four part series called the 'D Prefectural Police Series.'
It's the only one published in English though.(less)
The way people see us is always different than how we see ourselves. No one has more information about us ...more
To clarify – the problem for me came with a bit of a culture clash – the names are all very similar and I was muddling up the characters and had t ...more
For the first half of the book the narrative tension hinges on whether or not the press corps will make a complaint about the police or not. It's never made clear why we should care, so we don't. Then we discover, shock horror, that Tokyo may replace one police officer with another. ...more
This was an incredible, engrossing read. A book of crime fiction ostensibly centering on a missing person/kidnap victim, but really a biography of a police department in crisis. Japan, the Japanese police system, and the main character of Mikami are clearly and sensitively portrayed in this volume of Japanese literature.
A 500+ page book it read faster than most shorter books. Intrigue, conspiracy, police procedure, as well as showing the pains that the people inv ...more
This...........took me forever and ever to read. Like, a solid week of reading. And partly it's because it's nearly 700 pages long, and partly because it's a slow, dense story.
Technically, this is a crime novel. But it's a crime novel in the same way that Broadchurch is a crime show where the crime is there but the show is also abou ...more
Mikami had hoped for a promotion within the Criminal Investigations Dept. Instead he is under the jurisdiction of Administrative Affairs. The two branches are wary of each other. H ...more
What Six Four actually is, is a 600+ paged, slow-burning and intricately plotted police procedural with a lot of characters to keep track of and a few mysterious sub-plots folded in throughout. The writing is outstanding, and I especially found that so in the characters. With so many chara ...more
"Wait!" Mikami shouted. "I guarantee that you'll get proper announcements from this point forward. We will give you everything we know. It's what you want."...more
"Aren't we pas
Mikami, Press and Media Relations Director for the Police Prefecture, takes an interest ...more
To start with it was a little confusing and not the most exciting – it felt like the author was setting the scene quite considerably but as I got immersed myself into the story, I realised how much it actually needed.
The story was quite an eye opener to cultural differences between the UK and Japan. The way the Japanese police for ...more
So at just under the halfway point this book has beaten me. It just dosent seem to be going anywhere and we are just going round in circles. We are no closer to finding out who commited the crime or where the detectives daughter is. This book does start extremely weak and did take 100 pages before any kind of momentum picks up and its slow at that.
As a Thriller I need it to keep me engaged with the characters and really keep me on the edge of the seat to find out what happens next. The probl ...more
First, it is a literary read which has been translated into English from Japanese.
Second, written by a Japanese author and set in 2002 Japan, the novel is, apparently, extremely Japanese - heirarchical culture, buried volcanic emotions of shame, male character dominance expectations and relationships. The Japanese cultural world of executive or enterprise-level management struggles is closer to what the story is actually about, only it focuses on characters who ...more
It wasn’t what I was expecting, which made me enjoy it even more!
I’ve had this on my shelf for quite awhile, as I’ve set the task of reading a book from each of the 32 countries represented at this summers FIFA World Cup, this was an obvious choice for Japan.
I want to experience all different cultures through June and July and this book certainly achieved that.
The plot focuses on a cold case in the Japanese pol ...more
Interestingly though I was ultimately quite intrigued and read it in just a couple of sittings.
And yet… I cannot really say I enjoyed it.
Superintendent Yoshinobu Mikami has recently taken on the role of Press Director…. a position – it seems – in Japanese policing requires the appointment of a police officer, rather than a civilian. It is – however – part of the Administrative Affairs Depart ...more
there are also no moments of th ...more
The key character is Mikami – a detective now transferred to press relations. His daughter has recently disappeared with no trace other than some silent calls (albeit he is disquieted that many of his colleagues also say that they have had anonymous calls) – but he is also drawn back into an unsolved kidnapping and murder from 14 years ago which his wife also served in (a case known as six four due to its occurrence in the 64th and ...more