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In the second thriller of this new series from “a fresh voice in crime fiction” Kirkus Reviews antiues dealer turned PI Jim Brodie matches wits with an elusive group of killers chasing a long lost treasure that has a dangerous history When an elderly World War II veteran shows up unannounced at Brodie Security begging for protection the staff thinks he’s just a paranoid old man He offers up a story connected. A mesmerizing and meticulously constructed tale that whisks the reader away to some of the most shadowy and fascinating corners of Tokyo and then down the rabbit hole Masterfully crafted Even better than Japantown Barry Lancet does honor to the Japanese tradition of single minded devotion to one s artIn Tokyo Kill we again meet protagonist Jim Brodie expert in Japanese art and antiuities and heir to his father s Tokyo based private detective agency I find Brodie to be a very likeable and capable protagonist not only due to his impressive knowledge skill and intuition but also owing to his admirable moral compass Brodie is a man who holds himself accountable for his own decisions for better or for worse He exhibits selfless devotion to his family his staff his clients and his colleagues in the world of Japanese artifacts devotion that often lands him in dire circumstances face to face with danger with death only a breath away Tokyo Kill presents the reader with layer upon layer of mystery and intrigue The novel plunges Brodie into a vast collective of overlapping networks reflective of Tokyo itself Guilt ridden World War II veterans and their offspring Chinese Triads spies and expatriates Practitioners of traditional Japanese arts And seemingly ordinary people who prove to be much than they first appear to be on the surface Barry Lancet skillfully pits Jim Brodie against an array of ambitious cruel and relentless foes The connections are often surprising but much to the reader s delight they re always plausibleI was pleased that Lancet gave the hero a love interest in this second Jim Brodie novel It will be interesting to see where this promising cross cultural relationship goes in future installments of Brodie s storyWhile Tokyo Kill takes on serious themes some of which entail sensitive issues regarding Japan s national psyche it comes off as neither discouragingly heavy nor as flippantly shallow These thoughtful themes are woven into the fiber of the story in such a way that they deepen and enrich both plot and characterization without slowing the pace a bit Conseuently Tokyo Kill comes off as uality enjoyable entertainment entertainment with an agreeable balance of substance and fancy Tokyo Kill s style is at times gutsy a shade away from gritty Graphic enough without giving in to sensationalist gore Dialogue is very tastefully done My only real criticism of Tokyo Kill is that I am not a big fan of scenes in which the antagonist gives a full solilouy explaining what he did and why he did it Overall I don t consider the one such scene in Tokyo Kill to have ruined the seuence much less the entire book I would simply have preferred to find out some of that information through the hero or one of his colleaguesI was glad to have a day off when Tokyo Kill came out I didn t want to put the book down and I finished it the day after I got it An even telling indicator of its effect on me is that I did not want the story to end I wanted to remain in Jim Brodie s world a while longer To me that s a mark of a truly good readKudos again to Barry Lancet

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Tokyo Kill

To the war and to Chinese Triads operating in present day Tokyo insisting that he and his few surviving army buddies are in dangerFresh off his involvement in solving San Francisco’s Japantown murders antiues dealer Jim Brodie had returned to Tokyo for some RR and to hunt down a rare ink painting by the legendary Japanese Zen master Sengai for one of his clients not to take on another case with his late father’. What is it about Americans hunger for violence Recently than 100 million of us watched the Superbowl a classic annual gladiatorial display in which huge men appear onscreen appearing to do their utmost to injure one another and are rewarded with enormous sums of money for doing so I ve never understood why anyone would spend hours mesmerized by flickering images to witness this mayhem So when I come across repeated instances of gratuitous violence on the printed page I cringe All of which explains why I found it very difficult to read all the way to the end of Barry Lancet s thriller Tokyo KillSo why did I read this book to the endThe reason why I drove myself to finish Tokyo Kill is simple in other respects it s an excellent piece of work Lancet writes reasonably well He is a long term resident of Japan and clearly has studied a great deal about its history and culture His novel sparkles with engrossing detail about the country s storied past and with insight about its culture today although at times the digressions to explain the finer points do become tedious And he clearly knows how to craft a thriller creating a deep sense of mystery suspense and surprise None of this bothered me It was all the guts and gore splashed across the page that had me retchingIntroducing Jim BrodieThe protagonist in Tokyo Kill is Jim Brodie the central character in what is now a series of three novels Brodie is a fascinating character In San Francisco he owns and runs a small struggling antiue shop specializing in Japanese art and artifacts He has also inherited a 50% share in Brodie Investigations a firm his late father founded in Tokyo Brodie divides his time between the two cities As he was raised in Tokyo he is bilingual and he is proficient in Japanese martial arts In fact he is uncommonly toughThat comes in handy when people try to kill him which happens with unnatural freuency in the course of the novel In fact those attempts which nearly succeed subject Brodie to such a degree of physical damage pain and suffering that I find it difficult to understand how he could have survived the experience much less risen from his hospital bed only hours later to seek out punishmentTokyo front and centerBrodie is in Tokyo tending to affairs at the detective agency that bears his name A middle aged salaryman bursts into the office demanding to speak with him the man s aging father in tow The father it develops is 96 years old He was a Japanese officer in Manchuria following Japan s notoriously brutal invasion in 1937 Now his old comrades are being murdered one after another and he fears for his life Though his son disbelieves the threat he hires Brodie Investigations to protect the old man Naturally additional murders follow And therein lies the taleAbout the authorBarry Lancet has lived and worked in Tokyo for a long time He was employed by one of Japan s leading publishing houses for 25 years developing books that were mostly about Japanese culture

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S PI firm But out of respect for the old soldier Brodie agrees to provide a security detail thinking it’ll be an easy job and end when the man comes to his sensesInstead an unexpected brutal murder rocks Brodie and his crew sending them deep into the realm of the Triads Chinese spies kendo warriors and an elusive group of killers whose treachery spans centuries and who will stop at nothing to complete their missi. I received an advance copy of this new thriller absolutely loved it due to the sense of place well defined and growing characters and the nonstop action While the plot is complex and unexpected the book is still character driven and Lancet s knowledge of Japan its history personality culture and art is a terrific enhancement I would have loved to wait for the audio but this book was too good to age on my shelves until then


10 thoughts on “Tokyo Kill

  1. says:

    A mesmerizing and meticulously constructed tale that whisks the reader away to some of the most shadowy and fascinating corners of Tokyo—and then down the rabbit hole Masterfully crafted Even better than Japantown Barry Lancet does honor to the Japanese tradition of single minded devotion to one’s artIn Tokyo Kill we again meet protagoni

  2. says:

    This second book in Barry Lancet's Jim Brodie series is even action packed than Japantown The author's eye for detail and ever rising suspense make these thrillers entertaining as well as educational

  3. says:

    Jim Brodie made his initial appearance in “Japantown” an action packed thriller and the series debut He now returns in a novel which is no less filled with derring do and lots of exotic descriptions of Japanese culture and history Brodie inherited a half interest in Brodie Security founded by his late father and headu

  4. says:

    OMG what can I say about this that hasn't already been said but here goes once again I have to say I loved how from the ever start it just pulled me in the pages and once that started I could stop reading had to know what happened next had to find out all the Secrets and Lies that was been told and kept who was trying to k

  5. says:

    55 I love this series Hardcore thriller mystery — BOOK 2 The Jim Brodie series — each book can be read as a standalone but the characters and subplots carry over and just get better in every book This book was even fast paced than book o

  6. says:

    What is it about Americans’ hunger for violence? Recently than 100 million of us watched the Superbowl a classi

  7. says:

    I am on a hot streak lately of finding new to me suspense and thriller authors My newest find is Barry Lancet His hero lives part t

  8. says:

    Although this is one of a series it is a stand alone Jim Brodie is an antiues dealer turned private investigator He's just arrived in Japan for a little relaxation when he's approached by an elderly WWII survivor who has uite a story involving Chinese Triads murder and treachery Jim takes on the case and so begins a heart thumping p

  9. says:

    I received an advance copy of this new thriller absolutely loved it due to the sense of place well defined and growing characters and the nonstop action While the plot is complex and unexpected the book is still character driven and Lancet's

  10. says:

    Exciting and intriguing premise treasures of gold jewelry porcelain and art given to the Last Emperor of China Pu Yi by the Japanese in Manchuria are sought today by persons unknown who will go to extreme lengths to get it Full of