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From Publishers Weekly

Osawa's popular Japanese police procedural series makes its U.S. debut with this translation of the first volume. Maverick detective Samejima has made enemies on both sides of the law. Unwilling to compromise his principles, the young policeman refuses to turn a blind eye to the corruption engendered by the Yakuza, a powerful organized crime syndicate, and finds himself stuck patrolling Tokyo's grimy Shinjuku district and increasingly isolated on the force. That ostracism forces Samejima to launch his own probe when an elusive sniper begins targeting his fellow officers, using an unconventional weapon to kill them in pairs. While some rough sections of exposition disrupt the narrative flow, Samejima's compelling struggle to find the truth and the startling revelation of the killer's motive will leave most readers eager for the next book in the series to become available. (Aug.)
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Seventeen years after it launched a series of books and films in Japan, the debut of crusading Tokyo detective Samejima gets its first English translation. Too bad it's such a stilted one. But past the bamboo thicket of exposition about police politics lies a decent yarn about this lone shark's hunt for a master gun maker who may be responsible for a series of cop killings in the city's Shinjuku entertainment district. Because Samejima refused to accommodate the Yakuza and ignore abusive colleagues, his once-promising career has stalled, and no one will be his partner. The only reason he hasn't been drummed out: he holds a whistle-blowing letter that could embarrass the force. Since Samejima's too stubborn to quit, he's given a free hand to crack down on crime wherever he finds it. But when he refuses to set aside his gunsmith stakeout and follow up other leads in the cop-killing case, the departmental shunning metastasizes into open hostility. With everything—including the life of his rock-singer girlfriend—on the line, Samejima delivers a rousing potboiler finish. Sennett, Frank
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Product Details

  • Series: Shinjuku Shark
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical; First Edition edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932234373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932234374
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juba Lee on February 20, 2008
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Shinjuku Shark was a fun, fast-paced read--modelled a little too much, perhaps, after the Western archetype of the lone detective against the Mob, it is nonetheless entertaining.

The only issue is that, at times in the first half of the book, it's not entirely clear if the events are happening in realtime or in a flashback. Given that this series is a bestseller in Japan, I can only assume that the translation is the cause. There are a few other hiccups like this along the way, but I still can't wait to see what happens next.
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By steve j on December 22, 2012
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As a former resident of Tokyo, and someone who visits Shinjuku a few times a year, i was so happy to find this! Wish there were more of the series translated into English!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harkius VINE VOICE on December 17, 2008
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Shinjuku Shark is the first novel in the bestselling hardboiled detective series in Japan, focusing on Detective Samejima, who the toughest cop in Shinjuku, the meanest part of Tokyo, or at least so we are to believe.

In this story, we meet Samejima, and we learn of his relationship with his girlfriend, Sho. We also get to see his rather unique handling of a number of things, such as his dealings with the yakuza, whom the other police negotiate with so neither side loses too much face (Samejima, on the other hand, beats them up and treats them like losers). We are also introduced to a number of characters who will likely recur through the series, such as Fujimaka, the police commissioner, Momoi, the captain of Samejima's department, Yuba, the firearms specialist who brings American knowledge of guns to the Japanese, Sho, Samejima's girlfriend, and Kodo and Shinjo, two erstwhile police officers more concerned with promotions than justice.

The story line is fairly simple. There is a person on the loose in Shinjuku, who is shooting police officers, and the entire police force is wrapped up in catching him. Except Samejima, who is far more interested in tracking down an old foe, Kizu, who illegally manufactures guns for the yakuza. It becomes obvious early in the story that there is some involvement of Kizu in the killings, because the officers are shot, which is exceptionally uncommon in Japan, and he manufactures illegal weapons. Meanwhile, a wannabe detective perpetually involves himself in the crimes as an informant. As the story progresses, it heads towards a final confrontation between Samejima, Kizu, the mysterious informant who gives his name as "Ed", and the shooter. Only at the end do we know which, if any, of these people are the same.
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