Reviews

  • 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

    Daily Express
  • 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

    Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express
  • Sins as Scarlet is a searing LA crime story, as poetic as it is brutal, as tender as it is disturbing

    Tim Weaver
  • Thanks to the excellent Iwata, you get a gripping mystery with a real conscience

    Sunday Sport
  • 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.

    A. J. Finn, author of international bestseller, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
  • A dark, brutal ride through the underbelly of LA

    ANTHONY HOROWITZ
  • Masterpiece - that's the only way to describe Sins as Scarlet. Obregón's brilliant novel is, at once, a classic noir, a psychological thriller and a riveting examination-sometimes dark, sometime moving to the point of tears--of life in a less-than-angelic Los Angeles

    JEFFERY DEAVER
  • Evocative, perceptive writing

    Sunday Time Crime Club
  • This bleak, richly descriptive and haunting thriller walks of the wild side of Los Angeles

    Peterborough Telegraph
  • A brace of cutting-edge themes are threaded into the abrasive narrative . . . It is a combustible mix, but as in the earlier Blue Light Yokohama, the author has the full measure of his difficult material. With his vividly evoked Mexican and LA settings [he] delivers a pacey, page-turning thriller, but the underlying seriousness gives real texture. Iwata is a richly drawn, conflicted hero, and this is another savage journey into the dark heart of America

    Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

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