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Tokyo Traffic

(Detective Hiroshi #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Running from a life she didn’t choose, in a city she doesn’t know, Sukanya, a young Thai girl, loses herself in the vastness of Tokyo. With her Bangkok street smarts, and some stolen money, she stays ahead of her former captors who will do anything to recover the computer she took. After befriending Chiho, a Japanese girl living in an internet café, Sukanya makes plans to ...more
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Published June 20th 2020 by Raked Gravel Press
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Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Human trafficking is the business of stealing freedom for profit.
This is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion against the most vulnerable women and children in the world.

An okay read. The book had too much filler. Pages of what the characters were eating and what clothes they were wearing. I wanted too read about the struggle the women go through, how the financing works, and what the police do to stop the exploitation of the most vulnerable people.

"Pornography i
Rohit Rawat
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tokyo Traffic by Michael Pronko has all the ingredients of a crime thriller novel. Apart from all the action and suspense, there is light humor sprinkled throughout the book and the relationships between different characters give a very real feeling to the complete story.

This is a story about Sukanya, a Thai girl who is a victim of human trafficking and is forced into the porn industry in Japan. One day, a brutal crime takes place on the film set, which results in multiple deaths, but Sukanya es
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michael Pronko’s third Detective Hiroshi series novel begins with a bang as Sukanya, a drugged Thai teenager, narrowly escapes a brutal mass murder at a well-known porn studio. In shock, she flees with a bag, an iPad and a computer containing damning evidence.

When Detective Hiroshi arrives to survey the crime scene, he discovers that one of the dead is a bureaucrat in the Ministry of Finance. He also finds a folder filled with passports for girls from five different Asian countries. What was the
karen wescott
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: give-aways
Thank you for another Goodreads GiveAway. Good detective case, human trafficking and cyber currency. Fast paced.
Rod Raglin
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
When violent intruders interrupt a film shoot in a Tokyo pornography studio, they brutally murder three people but overlook a young actress hiding in the cavernous building.
Sukanya is an illegal Thai immigrant who was smuggled into Japan and lured into the business with the promise of big money and transit to the United States. She makes her escape with cash from the dead director’s wallet and a leather bag containing a computer and iPad. Penniless and friendless, she wanders aimlessly through
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pronko's cinematic thriller takes the reader into Tokyo's skeevier side -- the world of human trafficking and porn. The novel opens with a young Thai woman, who speaks no Japanese, fleeing from a porn studio which has become a horrendous crime scene. One of the victims is a former government minister. It's up to Detective Hiroshi and his crew to figure out who dunnit, and rescue the young woman, Sukanya. Along the way, Hiroshi drops in on the NPO offices of an organization staffed by young colle ...more
Thomas Lennek
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I on this on Goodreads, and I am glad I did. This is a cracking good mystery set in Tokyo, Japan with all of the cultural differences you can imagine. Characters are interesting, and their story moves along with their varying points of view. This is a great way to spend a couple of evenings, and discover a new police detective series.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, read-2020
This was an interesting read. While it has the elements you’d want and expect to find in a crime thriller such as this, for me and probably many of those who will see this review the books like this you typically read are normally happening in the US, sometimes the UK or possibly Canada. While there are some differences in these places, the cultural differences between them and Japan, where Tokyo Traffic takes place, is significant. Those differences and how they are reflected in the story as we ...more
Zeb Kantrowitz
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it
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This is the third entry in Pronko's Tokyo series, that highlights the problems that the Japanese Police deal with every day. Because Japan has an almost endless coastline, it is impossible to keep criminals from bringing in drugs and prostitutes to the country. Many Asian women are brought in after being promised jobs and visas, but end up being hooked on drugs and forced into prostitution.

In this scenario, the women have been sold to the makers of Pornographic Movies that are little more than s
Tony Parsons
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tokyo, Japan. Jack & Jill porn film Studios. Sukanya (young Thai girl, porn actor) hid behind the movie film screen set in the warehouse.
3 dead bodies, & the set was in total disarray.
Celeste was covered in blood.
Ratana (girl, porn actor) might be back anytime.
Sukanya snuck passed 1 of the men by the door talking on his cell.
Kenta (fixer) was tired of cleaning up after everyone, especially all hours of a day.
Shibaura came to see the mess.
Yoshitaka Kirino was in charge of clean up.

Billy Buttons
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
16th September 2020
TITLE: Tokyo Traffic
AUTHOR: Michael Pronko
Star Rating: 5

‘A gripping thriller set in the criminal underbelly of Tokyo. Highly recommended!’

So, on Wednesday night, I plumped up my pillow, switched on my laptop and settled down to Tokyo Traffic. And, I must say, two days later, I enjoyed it very, very much. On a basic level, it is a compelling thriller set in Tokyo. On a deeper level, it is an expose on the sinister world of human trafficking an
Lorne Strachan
Tokyo Traffic is the 3rd installment of the Detective Hiroshi series, the first two being The Last Train and The Moving Blade. I stumbled upon The Last Train by accident and really liked it so I was happy to learn that there was already a second book out there, which I also really liked.

I enjoyed Tokyo Traffic but not quite as much as the first two. The subject matter is not the notorious street traffic in Tokyo but the equally notorious (or so I gather from research on line) sex trafficking th
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Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Tokyo Traffic,” by Michael Pronko, is an international crime drama centering on human trafficking, using a young Thai girl named Sukanya as the catalyst. This compelling story has Sukanya fleeing her captors and trying to survive on the streets of Tokyo. It isn’t as easy as she thought, but much easier than the abuse she ran from. When Detective Hiroshi enters the picture, a pit of vipers opens up, and he has his hands full as he investigates murder, trafficking, and a conspiracy that leads to ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tokyo Traffic is a good book. If you've enjoyed previous installments of Detective Hiroshi Shimizu's hard-boiled adventures, you'll be pleased with this one, too. However, there are new twists, new villains, new crimes, and a new type of victim. In addition to the pursuits around Tokyo and environs, there are overseas connections. Join me in following the plot by finding the scenes of the action on Google Earth and Google Maps. In Pronko's The Last Train, we visited train stations, districts, an ...more
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Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When bodies start to pop up in Tokyo bay detective Hiroshi is one again called in to solve the horrible case and put together the pieces to a perplexing crime that involves the grim underworld of human trafficking and crypto-currency scamming.

Pronko’s characters are always something I look forward to. This being the third book in the Detective Hiroshi Tokyo series I found detective Hiroshi to be a well established character but Hiroshi Shimizu continues to hold an allure that is subtle yet ever
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the "Detective Hiroshi" series and they just keep getting better. I've read each one as they came out and they all reveal a depth of understanding of Tokyo life and culture that only someone living here for as long as the author has would be able to manage. This one skirts the fringes of Japan's dangerous porn industry, as well as the very real (and often-ignored) problem of human trafficking - one of the two main meanings of the title, as the book also involves probably the ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy to read and review.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had not previously read this author, but as soon as I was finished this book (which is the third in the series) I checked out the first two from the library.

This book takes places in Tokyo. A triple murder at an adult film studio comes to the attention of Detective Hiroshi Shimizu. As the detectives begin their investigation a human trafficking ring comes to light. The team of detecti
Gerald Kinro
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This mystery-suspense set in Tokyo is of another kink of traffic, Sex trafficking It is about how young foreign nationals (mainly poor, young, ignorant females) are tricked into coming into Japan illegally and then exploited to work in the various sex trades.

The story begins with a murder at a porn studio. A young Thai girl, Sukanya, flees for her life and is pursued by her "captors" for she has information that could be detrimental to her. Not knowing the Japanese language or Tokyo, and not ha
Jed Konopka
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Detective Hiroshi series from Michael Pronko is by far my favorite set of crime mysteries. As someone who travels to Japan on an annual basis I am very comfortable saying I fall into these novels...the imagery never fails to bring you first hand into all of what Japan is on a visual level, and the action keeps you turning pages and neglecting responsibilities with abandon. This most recent installment (Tokyo Traffic) was the fastest read out of the series yet. Mr. Pronko has a genuine abilit ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Running from a life she didn’t choose, in a city she doesn’t know, a young girl, loses herself in the vastness of Tokyo.

A thrilling read that captivates the reader making it hard to put the book down at times. Strong characters and a story line based on events that really take place in our world but can be hard accept, child trafficking. This is the first book I've read by this author and now I want to read other books by him. If you love a good suspenseful mystery thrillers, you don't want to p
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I normally read books that took place in Japan and written by Japanese authors, this is the first time that I read a novel with plot in Japan but written by a westerner author. The book is very intricate and exciting, the author know how to build up tension and must have had a lot of knowledge and doing a lot of research into Japanese culture and society. The plot and characters are well developed, very solid, authentic, and the writing is clear and concise. It is very refreshing to read a story ...more
Steve Essick
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Michael Pronko/Detective Hiroshi book I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The timely story about child trafficking in the porn business is told efficiently and moves at a brisk pace but without a hurried attitude giving the narrative a very logical flow.Pronko’s characterization of Detective Hiroshi is right on, subtle and never overstated. All the supporting characters are written with superb finesse. Much of this book reminded me of the works of George Pelacanos. If you ar ...more
Kate Church
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I volunteered to read this book, through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is well written and the characters are described well. I recommend reading the first book in this series to get to know the characters better. TRIGGER WARNINGS for Physical And Sexual Abuse. This book is set in Tokyo, Japan but it mentions Bangkok, Thailand also. This book is interesting. If you enjoy crime thrillers then this is the book for you. This ebook is in stores now for $2.99 (USD).
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good story! It's a detective crime thriller set in contemporary Tokyo, and steeped and shaded in many facets of modern Japanese culture. The characters are varied, and though a couple of them are a bit clichéd (thinking of the Thai criminal; I know I've seen him in a film or two or three), most are quite original and often amusing! There's a subtle humor in Pronko's writing that surprises and delights me. ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
The third in a series, but I haven't actually read the first two so I don't know if I was missing any back stories. This is a competent enough thriller, fast-paced enough to keep you turning the pages, and with chapters only 3 or 4 pages in length it rattles along. The basic plot involves people trafficking, pornography and something to do with cryptocurrencies, and there are the usual car chases and baddies to tick all the boxes.

Decent enough, but doesn't really stand out from the pack.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you've read the first two of Michael Pronko's Detective Hiroshi Shimizu thrillers you'll want to read this one and you'll be happy you did. For the two young girls in the story, Tokyo is not all J-Pop and Pocky sticks. For them, it's more Hell than Hello Kitty. Strap yourself in, turn the page, and go along for the ride. It's a wild one. ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
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Interesting thriller

I won a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I found the plotline to be interesting and the writing fast-paced. I did find myself confused by all of the characters initially, but it could have been because I had not read the two previous books in the series. I would be willing to read them as well.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly entertaining Japanese police procedural with an unlikely protagonist detective and full of Tokyo local color. The surprise is the way Japanese police conduct their investigations. Fast-paced, interesting and packed with cultural tidbits.
Julie Kleckner
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Had trouble getting into this book

This was a difficult read for me and just not a very interesting or intense book. I didn't feel connected to any of the main characters and trouble keeping them straight.
Heather Bane
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book 3 of the Detective Hiroshi Tokyo Series. I thought the story was interesting and written well. The character work is good and I would recommend the series.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Michael Pronko is an award-winning, Tokyo-based writer of murder, memoir and music. His writings on Tokyo life and his taut character-driven mysteries have won critics’ awards and five-star reviews. Kirkus Reviews called his second novel, The Moving Blade, “An elegant balance of Japanese customs with American-style hard-boiled procedural” and selected it for their Best Books of 2018.

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