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'Masterpiece' - Jeffery Deaver
He is a completely unremarkable man.
Who wears the same black suit every day.
Boards the same train to work each morning.
And arrives home to his wife and son each night.
But he has a secret.
He likes to kill people.
With just weeks to go before the Olympics and the world's eyes firmly fixed on Tokyo the body of young British student, Skye Mackintosh, is discovered in a love hotel.
Tokyo's Homicide Department are desperate for a lead. As a last resort they enlist the help of a brilliant former detective whose haunted personal life has forced him into exile thousands of miles away.
But it isn't long before Kosuke Iwata discovers the darkness in the neon drenched streets as Skye, like so many others, had her own secrets.
Lies and murder haunt a city where old ghosts and new whisper from its darkest of corners and the truth is always just out of sight
Praise for Nicolás Obregón:
'I'm awestruck' - A. J. Finn
'A dark, brutal ride' - Anthony Horowitz
Japan-set noir doesn't get any darker or more twisted than this
The plotting is impressively done. It's a brilliant novel and a fitting end to a brilliant trilogy
Obregón is the most atmospheric of writers and evokes local landscapes and moods with diamond-like as well as dreamy precision and the three simultaneous plots advance with clockwork-like and relentless efficiency and won't allow the reader a moment's respite. A stunning achievement that should raise the author's profile to crime's Premier league or there is no justice in this world
An outstanding novel from start to finish, possibly the best book I've read this year. An entrancing thriller that lures you into the dark secrets of the neon streets of Tokyo. Riveting
Praise for Nicolás Obregón
Harrowing and gripping. An astute police procedural . . . Switching between LA, Mexico and Tokyo both Iwata's present and past are cleverly interwoven in a truly heart-rending climax
Fresh and convincing . . . the dialogue is worthy of the great chronicler of LA's dark side, Raymond Chandler. But really, Obregon's writing has a unique flavour all of its own, wherever his books are set
Sins as Scarlet is a searing LA crime story, as poetic as it is brutal, as tender as it is disturbing
Thanks to the excellent Iwata, you get a gripping mystery with a real conscience
In the heady tradition of Raymond Chandler and Michael Connelly, Sins as Scarlet lays bare the bruised heart and broken soul of Los Angeles. Extraordinary stuff: a diabolically clever police procedural, a wrenching character study, and a merciless chronicle of a city in decay. I'm awestruck.
In the second of three pieces, author Nicolás Obregón talks about the Japanese crime case that inspired his novel Blue Light Yokohama.
In the first of three pieces, author Nicolás Obregón explains how he discovered the case that inspired his new book, Blue Light Yokohama.