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The Last Train (Detective Hiroshi Series Book 1) by [Pronko, Michael]

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Editorial Reviews


Awards for The Last Train
Solo Medalist Winner New Apple Awards for Excellence 2017
Winner Crime Fiction Beverly Hills Book Awards 2017
Winner Best Mystery Book Excellence Awards 2017
Gold Award Literary Titan Book Award 2017
Silver Award IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards 2017
Silver Award Feathered Quill Book Award 2018
Finalist Book Readers Appreciation Group (B.R.A.G.) 2017
Finalist IANB of the Year Awards 2017
Finalist EPIC eBook Awards 2018
Semi-finalist Booklife Prize 2017
Top Ten Self-Published Books 2017 The Bookbag

“A five-star detective read. It is unique, intriguing, and will hook the reader from beginning to end.” Reader Views
“For anyone who loves crime and cop novels, or Japanophiles in general, this is a terrific thriller.” Blue Ink Review

“This exotic crime thriller is a lightning-fast chase to the finish line that’ll leave hearts pounding and pages turning.” Best Thrillers

“A well-paced and absorbing mystery, with quick action and a look at urban life, an utterly page-turning adventure.” Foreword Reviews

“An absorbing investigation and memorable backdrop put this series launch on the right track.” Kirkus 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

“Mystery readers will relish the progress of a detective torn between two cultures, the reader of Japanese literature will truly appreciate the depth of background.” Midwest Book Review

“Tokyo comes to vivid life in this taut thriller, an unrelenting portrayal of a strong female character and the heart-pounding search to find her.” Publishers Daily Reviews

“The Last Train is nothing short of electrifying, a masterpiece that combines action with humor and suspense." Readers' Favorite

"The Last Train is a fast-paced thriller that skillfully exposes readers to the seedy urban side of Japan and leaves readers anxiously waiting for the next novel in the detective Hiroshi series." Feathered Quill 

"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

"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

"Pronko truly knows how to use the setting in the read, exploring the many facets of the city to maximum effect. The Last Train is a gripping read, and leaves you really wanting to dig into the next book in the series." Self-Publishing 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.” IndieReader

"I would definitely recommend it to crime and murder mystery fans, especially those with an interest in Japanese culture." Online Book Club

About the Author

Michael Pronko has lived in Tokyo for twenty years, but was born inKansas City, a very different world. After graduating from BrownUniversity in philosophy, he hit the road, traveling around the worldfor two years working odd jobs. He went back to school for a Master's in Education, and then took a teaching position in Beijing. For two years, he taught English, traveled China and wrote.

After moretraveling, another M.A. in Comparative Literature in UW Madison, and aPhD in English and film in University of Kent, he settled in Tokyo as aprofessor of American Literature at Meiji Gakuin University. Hisseminars focus on contemporary novels and film adaptations, with otherclasses in American indie film and American music and art.

Inaddition to award-winner The Last Train (2017), Pronko has publishedthree award-winning collections about Tokyo life: Motions and Moments:More Essays on Tokyo (2015), Tokyo's Mystery Deepens (2014), and Beautyand Chaos: Essays on Tokyo (2014). He has published three books inJapanese and two textbooks in both English and Japanese.

Overthe years in Tokyo, he has written regular columns for manypublications: The Japan Times, Newsweek Japan, Jazznin, ST Shukan, JazzColo[u]rs, and Artscape Japan. He runs his own website Jazz in Japan ( He also continues to publish academic articles and helps run the Liberlit Conference on teaching literature. More at:

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  • File Size: 1954 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1942410123
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Raked Gravel Press (May 31, 2017)
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071DPXP7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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