Japantown

Japantown

A Thriller

Book - 2013
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In this fresh and engaging thriller, an American antique dealer-turned-reluctant-private eye must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco, even as he and his daughter become targets for the same mysterious killer. Barry Lancet has lived in Japan for more than twenty-five years.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781451691696
Characteristics: 400 pages ;,24 cm.

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athena14
Mar 28, 2015

Page 281: "Juniper Sierra Boulevard" is a non-existent San Francisco street. The correct name is "Junipero Serra Boulevard."

Noodle-by-noodle descriptions of Noda's eating recur and recur. Why bore the reader?

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nerowolfgal
May 01, 2014

Well written, with a good feel for Japanese culture but there is a big BUT. The main character has some martial arts training with some added street fighting experience. Through-out the entire book he is up against a ninja-type clan with thirty generations of fighting training and unlimited financial resources. They are supposed to be the badest killers ever. Single-handedly he defeats them one on one or in groups plus the most improbable luck and chance are always on his side. Once or twice, OK: he's the main character and the reader is on his side but when EVERY time he is up against these world-class ninjas he wins, it becomes actually boring. The book turns into the worst novel of wish-fulfillment I have ever read.

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