"An absorbing investigation and memorable backdrop put this series launch on the right track." Kirkus Reviews
"For anyone who loves crime and cop novels, or Japanophiles in general, this is a terrific thriller. Fans of Barry Eisler's early novels will find the same satisfactions here." Blue Ink Review Starred review
"The Last Train is nothing short of electrifying, a masterpiece that combines action with humor and suspense." Readers' Favorite 5 stars
"I would definitely recommend it to crime and murder mystery fans, especially those with an interest in Japanese culture." Online Book Club 4 out of 4 stars
"Set in Tokyo, this exotic crime thriller is a lightning-fast chase to the finish line that'll leave hearts pounding and pages turning." Best Thrillers
"Written from knowledge rather than research, he knows a lot more than he has any need to tell us...brings the city gloriously to life." The Bookbag 4 ½ stars
"...a well written and enticing look into the culture of Tokyo. The story behind Michiko Suzuki is compelling and engaging, you can't help flipping the pages to see what she is going to do next and find out why her victims were chosen." Literary Titan 5 stars
"While mystery readers will relish the progress of a detective torn between two cultures, it's the reader of Japanese literature who will truly appreciate the depth of background and references that make The Last Train a standout story." Midwest Book Review
"...a heartfelt, thoughtful ode to a strange and beautiful city, in the way that so many classic detective novels are. Lyrically written, with plenty of suspense, this a novel that aims to please, and can't really help but do so." IndieReader
"A well-paced and absorbing mystery, with quick action and a look at urban life, theirs is an utterly page-turning adventure." Foreword Reviews
"Gripping and suspenseful, this fast-paced thriller unfolds on the streets of Tokyo, where a clever and cold-blooded killer exacts revenge." Booklife Prize Rating 10.00
"The Last Train by Michael Pronko is a five-star detective read. It is unique, intriguing, and will hook the reader from beginning to end. I highly recommend it to all mystery lovers!" Reader Views
About the Author
After more traveling and two more degrees, another M.A. in Comparative Literature in Madison, Wisconsin and a PhD in English at the University of Kent at Canterbury, he finally settled in Tokyo as a professor of American Literature at Meiji Gakuin University. His seminars focus on contemporary novels and film adaptations, and he teaches other classes in American indie film and American music and art.
Pronko has published three award-winning collections of essays: Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo (Raked Gravel Press 2015), Tokyo's Mystery Deepens (Raked Gravel Press 2014), and Beauty and Chaos: Essays on Tokyo (Raked Gravel Press 2014).
He has published books in Japanese and two textbooks in both English and Japanese. Over the years in Tokyo, he has written regular columns for many publications: The Japan Times, Newsweek Japan, Jazznin, ST Shukan, Jazz Colo[u]rs, and Artscape Japan. He runs his own website Jazz in Japan (jazzinjapan.com). He also continues to publish academic articles and helps run a conference on teaching literature.