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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover (August 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468300733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468300734
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* In Fear Itself (2012), FBI Agent Jimmy Nessheim went undercover in the U.S. wing of the German Bund to expose homegrown Nazi supporters. The second volume in the series finds Nessheim assigned to a minor Hollywood movie studio three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. His assignment: make sure the bureau “looks good” in a new film. Back in Washington, FBI Assistant Director Harry Guttman learns that Russia is moving funds from a Manhattan bank to a Japanese American bank in L.A. Guttman tells Nessheim to follow the money, but Nessheim’s only informant, Billy Osaka, a young Nisei man, disappears. Nessheim soon learns that he’s not the only person looking for Billy, and he must go undercover again, this time in Hawaii in the hours before the Japanese attack plunges the U.S. into WWII. Rosenheim’s portrait of a pre–politically correct America is jarring but fascinating. “Japs,” “Reds,” and Jews are despised or feared, nowhere more than in J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. Once again, the patriotic Guttman must work covertly to do his job. Rosenheim’s use of historical detail is also effective, such as repressive laws aimed at Nisei well before Pearl Harbor; communist sympathizers among Hollywood’s screenwriters; the wondrous 1941 baseball season; and the L.A. ordinance limiting all new buildings—except City Hall—to a height of 150 feet. The Little Tokyo Informant is compelling, intelligent entertainment. --Thomas Gaughan

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"Rosenheim shows his keen eye for historical detail as he seamlessly incorporates historical figures such as J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson. His main characters are sharply defined and exhibit the mannerisms and language of the early 1940. Jimmy Nessheim and Harry Guttman are sure to be back for many adventures to come." —Mystery Scene


"Once again, Rosenheim's portrait of a pre-politically correct is jarring but fascinating…Rosenheim's use of historical detail is also effective…The Little Tokyo Informant is compelling, intelligent entertainment."  --Booklist


"Rosenheim is even better this time out at melding interesting leads with a thrilling story line and vivid descriptions of such locales as L.A.'s Little Tokyo."--Publishers Weekly


“Andrew Rosenheim’s The Little Tokyo Informant is a stylish, ingenious thriller. This is compelling and intelligent fiction, laden with tension and suspense.”  —Jim Crace, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Being Dead


"The ghosts of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler loom large here, as do the classic films Chinatown and Casablanca, lending Rosenheim’s prose a velvety texture." —Kirkus Reviews



“Andrew Rosenheim’s The Little Tokyo Informant is a wonderfully intelligent and beautifully written historical thriller—I can’t wait for the next installment in the series!” — Max Byrd, author of The Paris Deadline and California Thriller


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John H. Turner on October 31, 2013
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The suffering of Japanese immigrants was irrational and disgraceful in these United States. This is one of the few novels I have found which captures the time precisely and isn't afraid to show the results. Getting to the bottom of the mystery is as fascinating and frustrating for the reader as it is to the FBI agent. I begrudged every moment I had to put the book down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ariel I. (Beth) on October 17, 2013
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A cover blurb tells us that Andrew Rosenheim is "a stirring successor to Frederick Forsyth." Amen! Rosenheim is a masterful writer, juggling suspense, emotional involvement, action, and historical perspective brilliantly. So glad to see the successor to not only to Forsyth, but also to Ludlum and Lustbader. "The Little Tokyo Informant" is a tale told so well, you often feel its setting surrounding you, especially "Little Tokyo," and the internment camps for Japanese people during World War II. In addition, we get see possible ways that Russian policies were a problem long before the Cold War.

If you like "spy thrillers," you'll love "The Little Tokyo Informant." If you just like a well-written book with lots of color and action, you'll love it too. Kudos to Rosenheim! More, please. (Ariel I.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Quixote010 VINE VOICE on February 16, 2014
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Andrew Rosenheim continues the tales of Harry Guttman and Jim Nessheim, FBI agents dealing with events prior to the onslaught of America's involvement during WWII. In this particular tale, Nessehim has been detailed to California where he serves as a technical adviser to Hollywood studios making movies about J. Edgar and his agency. Guttman, meanwhile, has been reassigned to the South America region where he is suppose to be keeping his eyes on activities of foreign agents.

Rosenheim's first book, "Fear Itself", revolved around the German Bund's efforts to infiltrate the U.S. while this book brings into play the other side of the country with Russia and Japan being the focus. When $50,000 supposedly gets transfer from New York to California, and Nessheim's Japanese informant comes up missing, both Guttman and Nessheim have to bend to their instincts to overcome agency obstacles to find out how the two events are entwined.

As a reader of historical fiction, I particularly like the author's details regarding the locations, people and events of the era. The mystery is top-notch and Guttman and Nessheim have become endearing characters, but I particularly liked how he enjoined others, (like the moguls of the film industry Mayer and Jack Warner for instance), locations (such as Yale University and UCLA) and events (early Russian fundraisers...major activities for the 1940s) into his script.

Rosenheim has present quite a good production regarding people and events just prior to WWII and I would stongly recommend his series.

On another note, I suggested in his last novel that his editor could have done a better job of reviewing the final publication due to numerous spelling, punctuation, and editing mistakes.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rusoviet on January 24, 2014
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....with the novel is that the character Nessheim, while in pre-war LA did not seem to see anything beyond a narrow little foray into Boyle Heights (east of downtown) Hollywood and on out to the ocean along Wilshire Blvd.. This matters because there was a wealth of other places that were not cited - 42nd Central (jazz) Wrigley Field (LA Angels) and Gilmore Stadium (Hollywood Stars). In addition this is the second novel where Rosenheim takes a swipe at USC by using two minor characters as football players there reason to also tag their ineptitude or corruption with that connection as well as his own affection for both Stanford and UCLA - a smart proofreader would have seen it twice and noted the obvious

What is intriguing and obvious to any historian of the skill of the Abwehr versus the Okrana is the skills shown by the Reds far exceeded anything by the Nazis anytime anywhere and that is because for the Reds it is a religion not just in the CCCP but worldwide and certainly at its apogee 1941.

Admittedly minor in a very well crafted novel however there is also the sub-rosa inference of how great FDR was and the periodic snipes at the GOP. As good as this novel is I would someday love to see Harry Hopkins shown for what he was - an agent for the Kremlin. I think also Rosneheim would have been better served placing his protagonist Nessheim as having played at the U. of Chicago instead of Northwestern as Chicago shut down their football program the very year the first Heisman Winner - Chicago's own Jay Berwanger - in 1935.

I am assuming additional novels outbound as the character Nessheim has decided to not enlist afterall and that's due to his boss Harry giving just a small taste of the next mystery that needs to be uncovered and resolved.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brad Johnston on February 22, 2014
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by Andrew Rosenheim,© 2013.

This will be the sort of thing that will interest those who are interested in this sort of thing.

On the FIRST PAGE of "The Little Tokyo Informant", the word 'had' appears 15 times (count 'em yourself). NONE of the 15 are used correctly. Who would want to read such a book, if that's the pattern? Nobody. So, I checked the pattern, letting the book fall open at two more random pages, 104 and 213. There are 42 'had's on the three pages (count 'em yourself), and only 2 of the 42 are used correctly (page 213: Guttman HAD three agents in Bogota, and, Guttman HAD plenty else on his plate). A total of 22 put 'had' in front of a regular past tense verb (e.g, same page, he would need to tell Stephenson what HAD happened). Four more put 'had' in front of an irregular past tense verb, forcing the irregular past participle (e.g, It <had taken> TOOK Guttman most of the weekend). Eight use 'had been' where 'was' or 'were' or the simple past tense belongs (e.g, Guttman <had been> WAS asked to attend by Hoover), and four use 'had' where 'did' belongs (e.g, But Billy Osaka <hadn't shown> DIDN'T SHOW).

That's a lotta, lotta, lotta 'had's, certainly enough to distract any well-informed reader. I am going to read "The Little Tokyo Informant" for as long as I can stand it, but it's going to take a very, VERY well-told, well-contrived tale to overcome this shortcoming.

The author, (who lets us know he was a Rhodes Scholar, which is a marvelous credential), is certainly oblivious to good grammar in this one regard. I note that he "worked for many years in publishing, at Oxford University Press ... among others". I can tell you, to my certain knowledge, that Oxford University Press does not know what the past perfect is.
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