Six Four

Six Four

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Named one of the best books of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review , The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle , and Literary Hub. Winner of the Best Japanese Crime Fiction of the Year Award. O ne of Vulture's 10 Best Thriller Books of 2017.

"Already a bestseller in Japan and the U.K., this cinematic crime novel suffused with fascinating cultural details follows a police department reinvestigating a chilling kidnapping that stumped them 14 years earlier." -- Entertainment Weekly , The Must List

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 unsolved. The police department's press officer--Yoshinobu Mikami, a former detective who was involved in the original case and who is now himself the father of a missing daughter--is forced to revisit the botched investigation. The stigma of the case known as "Six Four" has never faded; the police's failure remains a profound source of shame and an unending collective responsibility.

Mikami does not aspire to solve the crime. He has worked in the department for his entire career, and while he has his own ambitions and loyalties, he is hoping simply to reach out to the victim's family and to help finally put the notorious case to rest. But when he spots an anomaly in the files, he uncovers secrets he never could have imagined. He would never have even looked if he'd known what he would find.

An award-winning phenomenon in its native Japan--more than a million copies sold, and the winner of the Best Japanese Crime Fiction of the Year award--and already a critically celebrated top-ten bestseller in the U.K., Hideo Yokoyama's Six Four is an unforgettable novel by a literary master at the top of his form. It is a dark and riveting plunge into a crime, an investigation, and a culture like no other.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780374265519
0374265518
Branch Call Number: M YOKOYAMA
Characteristics: vi, 566 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lloyd-Davies, Jonathan - Translator

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vickder
Mar 20, 2017

A compelling story with interesting characters, tension and insights into modern Japanese culture. As I read, I often thought about how differently the main characters would react and how the story-line would unfold if the story was set in North America, Europe or Scandinavia. The writing was not stilted (kudos to the translator). Make sure you do not skim over the names of the key characters - several are fairly similar and if you become confused about who is who, you might be confused.

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burroak
Mar 09, 2017

Well written but about 200 pages too long. It was enlightening to read about the way Japan approaches law enforcement compared to the US, but unless you are very interested in police-media relations it is a long slog. Gets interesting in the last 150 pages.

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harrissusanc
Mar 03, 2017

The failed recovery of a girl kidnapped 14 years before Yokoyama's novel finds Mikami, the police press director, obsessing over a revealing memo and his own daughter's disappearance. The classic procedural echoes contemporary Western writers with a fresh take on revenge and cover-up. I wonder why it took four years to release in England and America. More to come.

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labyrinthmr
Nov 30, 2016

"This Japanese super-seller, translated by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies, is a police-procedural conspiracy thriller involving two disappearances that also rivetingly dramatises the mindsets and lifestyles of contemporary Japan." the Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/30/the-best-crime-books-and-thrillers-of-2016?CMP=share_btn_tw

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