Prefecture D

Written by Hideo Yokoyama, translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies — Prefecture D is the third book to appear in English translation by Japanese crime author Hideo…

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First look: Ryuko

She smokes cigars, rides a motorbike, packs twin tommies and she has a dragon tattoo. But Ryuko isn’t from Sweden, and she’s not like anything…

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Newcomer

Written by Keigo Higashino, translated by Giles Murray — The translations of The Devotion of Suspect X and Malice have put Japanese author Keigo Higashino…

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Japanese crime fiction: Six of the best

The Japanese love to read. A combination of near-universal literacy and long commute times means that you’re likely to see trains full of everyone from…

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The Dark Maidens

Written by Rikako Akiyoshi, translated by Kristi Fernandez, art by Booota — Every now and then you find yourself reading a book you’d never normally…

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Cult X

Written by Fuminori Nakamura, translated by Kalau Almony — Cult X is an ambitious novel, one that pushes boundaries and redefines what crime fiction can…

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Soul Cage

Written by Tetsuya Honda, translated by Giles Murray — On some scaffolding nine storeys above the Tokyo skyline, an unnamed narrator is having an exchange with…

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The Ginza Ghost and Other Stories

Written by Keikichi Osaka, translated by Ho-Ling Wong — Tokyo has changed a great deal in the past century or so. There have been two…

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Deep Red

Written by Hisashi Nozawa, translated by Asumi Shibata — Kanako Akiba is 11 years old and just like any other sixth-grader, laughing with her friends and…

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The Moai Island Puzzle

Written by Alice Arisugawa, translated by Ho-Ling Wong — Golden Age mysteries are formulaic and, far from being a flaw, it’s a major part of…

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The Silent Dead

Written by Tetsuya Honda, translated by Giles Murray — Recently I lamented the decline of the classic police procedural – but how quickly I’ve been…

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Six Four

Written by Hideo Yokoyama, translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies — The main attraction of a police procedural is the opportunity for readers to watch the characters develop over…

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Listen to two free chapters of Six Four

Hideo Yokoyama’s Six Four is going to be one of the biggest books of 2016. Literally. The hardback comes in at 635 pages and as you…

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First look: Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Here’s an innovative approach to an eye-catching early review copy of a crime novel. It looks, in the picture, just like an ordinary compact cassette…

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Journey Under the Midnight Sun

Written by Keigo Higashino, translated by Alexander O Smith — It’s no exaggeration to say that Keigo Higashino is a phenomenon in Japan. Popular and multi-award…

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The Tokyo Zodiac Murders

Written by Soji Shimada, translated by Ross and Shika Mackenzie — Author Soji Shimada, whose groundbreaking 1981 novel has recently been translated afresh by Pushkin Press, is…

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