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Unknown Male

Unknown Male is the third in Nicholás Obregón’s Inspector Iwata series and sees the detective return from his exile in Los Angeles to investigate the murder of a British exchange student in Tokyo’s seedy underworld. Initially Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police suspect a connection with the murders…
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Unknown Male

Written by Nicholás Obregón — Unknown Male is the third in the Inspector Iwata series which began in 2017 with Blue Light Yokahama. The series was conceived by Obregón while he was travelling on a bullet train from Hiroshima to Kyoto, and, like the earlier…
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Tokyo trouble

On the Radar — This week our new crime books column features the latest from Nicolas Obregon, a writer who sets his mysteries in Japan. He’s sending detective Iwata on the trail of an Unknown Male. We’re also bringing you a new political thriller by…
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Sins as Scarlet

Written by Nicolas Obregon — Detective Kosuke Iwata is back, this time back in Los Angeles, after escaping a hell of his own making in Japan. The problem is Iwata doesn’t feel at home anywhere, and no matter how much he runs there are some…
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Fly away with some hot summer crime novels!

On the Radar — It’s thriller time! As we head towards the summer holidays, this week’s books offer all kinds of holiday thrills. We’ll start off with James Henry’s 80s throwback police procedural Yellowhammer, set in the golden fields of Essex. We’ll jet over to…
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Blue Light Yokohama

Written by Nicolas Obregon – What an entertaining debut! Told almost exclusively from the perspective of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Inspector Kosuke Iwata, it’s a multilayered police procedural involving murder, official corruption, and dangerous secrets. A brief prologue set in 1996 describes the death of…
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The wolf of Karl-Marx-Allee

On the Radar — GDR noir could be the next big thing in crime fiction, what with Deutschland 83, Simon Urban’s Plan D, and David Young’s novels set in East Germany. That’s where we’re heading first with this week’s new crime releases. These books are hitting…
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