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Tokyo Kill: A Thriller (Jim Brodie Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Barry Lancet
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“A stellar novel of action, adventure, and intrigue. Jim Brodie is a true twenty-first century hero…On page after page of Tokyo Kill, skeletons bang on every closet door longing to be set free—and Barry Lancet delivers.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth

“Lancet’s familiarity with Japanese history and culture, combined with his storytelling skills, make this a first-rate mystery…a clear indicator that the author considers Jim Brodie a series-worthy character. He’d be right, too.”

“Boasting surefire characters including the taciturn, thick-chested chief detective Noda and notorious crime figure called TNT who owes Brodie favors…[Lancet’s] series remains highly distinctive.”
—Kirkus Reviews

In the second thriller of this new series from “a fresh voice in crime fiction” (Kirkus Reviews), antiques dealer-turned-P.I. 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 to the war and to Chinese Triads operating in present-day Tokyo, insisting that he and his few surviving army buddies are in danger.

Fresh off his involvement in solving San Francisco’s Japantown murders, antiques dealer Jim Brodie had returned to Tokyo for some R&R, 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’s P.I. 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 senses.

Instead, 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 mission.

Editorial Reviews


“A stellar novel of action, adventure, and intrigue. Jim Brodie is a true 21st century hero, part of the new, gritty mythos, warts and all, but capable of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. On page after page of Tokyo Kill, skeletons bang on every closet door longing to be set free—and Barry Lancet delivers.” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth)

About the Author

Barry Lancet has lived in Japan for more than twenty-five years. His former position as an editor at one of the nation’s largest publishers gave him access to the inner circles in traditional and business fields most outsiders are never granted, and an insider’s view that informs his writing. Tokyo Kill is the second entry in the Jim Brodie series. The first novel, Japantown, received four citations for Best First Novel and has been optioned by J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Visit Lancet at or on Twitter @BarryLancet.

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  • File Size: 3809 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Layer Upon Layer of Mystery and Intrigue September 11, 2014
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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 art.

In Tokyo Kill we again meet protagonist Jim Brodie, expert in Japanese art and antiquities 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 more 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 plausible.

I 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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Kill November 10, 2014
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Art dealer turned private investigator Jim Brodie has his hands full: A 96-year-old WWII veteran hires him because two of his former comrades were recently murdered and he's fearing for his life. Only hours after Brodie accepts this new client, a dead body turns up, beaten beyond recognition. Brodie throws himself into the investigation and before long finds out that there is a lot more going on than a few murders - and that he will need all his skills to get the big picture …

I very much liked the interweaving of Japanese and Chinese history and culture with the very modern story, set mainly in Tokyo. The characters are all believable and have their distinct voices. The plot is complicated and contrived but easy enough to follow and in the end everything is unravelled perfectly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like his first novel Japantown November 4, 2014
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This author sure can write a thriller. Like his first novel Japantown, the adventure of private investigator Jim Brodie makes this book a page-turner. This transcontinental story has layers and myriads of possible suspects to ruthless killings and is packed with action. The ending is, of course, a surprise that will leave readers saying "Pretty good. Can't wait for the next one."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Amy R.
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ScienceThrillers review: Nobody else can do what author Barry Lancet does in his Japan-themed thriller series. Lancet is an American who has lived in Japan for over twenty-five years. He has a deep understanding of Japanese culture and history, and a strong sensibility for those aspects of Japan that seem most foreign to Americans. Tokyo Kill would be a very good thriller based solely on the plot and writing. Include the fascinating cultural context which permeates the story and you've got a must-read thriller masterpiece.

Lancet's cultural understanding, and knowledge of Japanese art and artifacts, shines through in his main character Jim Brodie. Brodie is, unsurprisingly, an American who lives with one foot in the US and the other in Japan. He is professionally split as well, working as both an Asian art dealer in San Francisco and manager of a Tokyo-based private security/detective company that he inherited from his father. While Brodie's bulldog persistence in the face of danger can seem foolhardy, it is his defining trait.

Tokyo Kill is a page-turning, absorbing read with enough plot questions and twists to keep the protagonist running and the reader reading. Plenty of thriller authors create books that do this. What makes Tokyo Kill special is the "mysterious Orient." This book is a fine example of setting as character. Tokyo Kill could not take place in another city, much less another country, without eviscerating the story. Japanese culture and history are integral to the characters and the plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Series! January 13, 2015
Tokyo Kill is the second thriller by new fiction author Barry Lancet. Simply stated, this was a great read and I already sourced his first book Japantown. The American author has lived in Japan for over 25 years and thus knows well the culture, the country and the people.

The lead character is Jim Brodie, an American dealer in Japanese arts, who also inherited his father’s Tokyo based security firm. The father was a U.S. Army MP in Tokyo at the end of the war, and later returned and built a business.

The firm receives a new client, an elderly gentleman who during WWII served in the Japanese army in Manchuria. Several of the men he served with in China are being murdered and thus he hires Brodie Security to both protect him and learn who is behind the murders.

Most certainly the novel becomes a who-done-it detective story, but with an international color. It is very well written with a quick pace with satisfaction felt the way each chapter ended. Often times one can guess the direction of the story, but not for Tokyo Kill. Suspense, twists and turns continued to the conclusion.

Reading this novel made me realize how much I missed Japan, a country in which I spent a lot of time during my career, including the occasional romps in Yokohama at night; experiences that were somewhat different from those of Jim Brodie!

May this be a long series of Jim Brodie novels!
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As good as the first book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of why I fell in love with thrillers in the first place
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It is one of the most exhilarating books I've read in a long time. Reminded me of why I fell in love with thrillers in the first place. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Alex Beck
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting protagonist and Tokyo setting,but excessively wordy.
This book,like its predecessor, was a frustrating read.While the lead character is likable and the Tokyo setting interesting, the writing is tiring. Read more
Published 15 days ago by mtngirl
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Sequel To Barry Lancet's Debut Novel
“A Thrilling Sequel To Barry Lancet’s Debut Novel.”

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Published 26 days ago by Virginia E. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed
This is action packed and a good story. Lots of interesting history. I would have given it five stars but I felt some descriptions of combat went on too long. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Susan Gorrie
5.0 out of 5 stars great, especially enjoyable!
My family lived in Japan for four years. As I spoke/understand Japanese, I was familiar with many aspects of the story!
Published 1 month ago by Jeriann Kolber
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not nearly as good as JAPANTOWN .
Published 2 months ago by Sunshine
3.0 out of 5 stars City details are excellent (I lived in Tokyo for over 20 years
Overall, a very satisfying 'Japan Noir' novel. City details are excellent (I lived in Tokyo for over 20 years, Lancet's details are on target. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jon Dreisker
5.0 out of 5 stars the enjoyment is in the ride his story take you on
This sequel seals the deal; I'm a Barry Lancet fan! Just when you thought you have his plot line figured out, he takes you in a another direction, the enjoyment is in the ride his... Read more
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More About the Author

Barry Lanc­et's first­ book in t­he Jim Bro­die series­, JAPANTOW­N, won the­ Barry Awa­rd for Bes­t First My­stery Nove­l of 2013,­ was selec­ted as a B­est Debut ­of the Yea­r by Suspe­nse Magazi­ne, and ha­s been opt­ioned for ­a quality ­TV series ­by J. J. A­brams/Warn­er Bros. H­is second ­novel in t­he series,­ TOKYO KIL­L, was des­ignated a ­must-read ­for Asian ­leaders by­ Forbes ma­gazine. P­ACIFIC BUR­N, the thi­rd book to­ feature A­merican an­tiques dea­ler and Ja­pan expert­ Jim Brodi­e, is due ­October 20­15.

Lancet's c­onnection ­with Japan­ began mor­e than twe­nty-five y­ears ago w­ith a shor­t explorat­ory trip f­rom his Ca­lifornia h­ome to Tok­yo. Five ­years late­r his visi­t turned i­nto a long­-term stay­ in the Ja­panese cap­ital, a th­riving met­ropolis he­ found end­lessly fas­cinating. ­

Lancet lan­ded a posi­tion at on­e of the c­ountry's t­op publish­ing houses­, and in t­wenty-five­ years he ­developed ­numerous b­ooks acros­s many fie­lds but mo­stly on Ja­panese cul­ture--inclu­ding art, ­crafts, cu­isine, his­tory, fict­ion, Zen g­ardens, ma­rtial arts­, Asian ph­ilosophy, ­and more. ­ All of wh­ich were s­old in the­ United St­ates, Euro­pe, and th­e rest of ­the world.­ The work­ opened do­ors to man­y traditio­nal worlds­, lending ­a unique i­nsider's v­iew to his­ own writi­ng.

One incide­nt in part­icular sta­rted him o­n his pres­ent course­ of writin­g, and led­ to JAPANT­OWN and th­e Jim Brod­ie series.­ Early on­ during hi­s return t­o Japan, L­ancet was ­directed b­y the Toky­o Metropol­itan Polic­e Departme­nt to come­ down to t­he station­house for ­a "volunta­ry intervi­ew." The ­MPD procee­ded to int­errogate h­im for thr­ee hours o­ver what t­urned out ­to be a mi­nor, noncr­iminal inf­raction. ­

The police­ grilling ­evolved in­to one of ­the most i­ntensive p­sychologic­al battles­ of cat-an­d-mouse La­ncet had f­aced up to­ that poin­t in his s­tay in Asi­a, and cau­sed him to­ view many­ of his ex­periences,­ past and ­future, in­ a whole n­ew light. ­ The encou­nter was a­lso instru­mental in ­shaping La­ncet's app­roach to h­is novels.­

For more i­nformation­, please v­isit http:­//barrylan­ o­r the Face­book Autho­r Page at ­http://on.­­jeV .

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