- File Size: 479 KB
- Print Length: 317 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Black Mist Books (November 29, 2018)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07J5Y69KK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author takes the real-life conspiracy of the historical May 15th Incident, and combines this in a believable way with the fictional crime gang that want Inspector Aizawa eliminated, making for a fun story with thriller aspects and pacing. He also takes a little known abandoned--and slightly absurd--aspect of that real conspiracy to create an engaging subplot that weaves into (and opposes) the main action. As with the first book, the characters are well-drawn and intimately rendered, and even the villains are fully-realized individuals with motives that seem heroic in their own minds. This gives the book a definite up-market feel. If you like realistic historical crime fiction with more thriller-like aspects than mystery, this series is for you.
This book also includes the supremely evil daughter of a yakuza chief.
That's about all I can say without giving too much away.
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The plot deserves better than to have missing prepositions and conjunctions, repeat statements, extra words, mismatched tenses, clashes between plural nouns and singular verbs be such a distraction.
Mr Legare, please note:-
'Off of' is utter nonsense. It makes no sense, 'off' is sufficient.
Vile = something very bad. A small receptacle for carrying liquid = VIAL.
Causality = the link between cause and effect, deaths or injuries are CASUALTIES.
May I suggest you find someone a bit more pedantic to edit for you. If you are currently paying someone to do it, sack them!
You write a good yarn and I look forward to Treason Over Tokyo.
Although Legare is very good at describing his characters' physical attributes, I wanted to know a lot more about Reiko Watanabe, Inspector Aizawa, Chizuru Okamura and Lieutenant Katsuro Okamura. It would have been great to read more about their childhood, their innermost feelings, and what really made them into the characters they’d become. I think this would have made the story much more convincing for me but there's only so much you can focus on in a book of this length and there may be more about these characters in the first book in the series which I haven’t read.
Legare’s writing style and plot structure also reminded me of books I’ve read by Barry Lancet and Michael Pronko so if you’re a fan of these authors you’ll love this book as well. The plot was brilliantly orchestrated and Legare clearly has an in-depth understanding of Japan and the Japanese people so if you’re interested in the Land of the Rising Sun you'll definitely enjoy this book.
I enjoyed this book. It is worthy follow up to Shadows of Tokyo. It is set a year later but the same tensions exist as different right wing groups seek to overthrow one Government for another or to replace civilian rule with military rule.
This time Aizawa is investigating a Yakusa family and Watanabe is reporting back to him. The Yakusa are being used by a military figure to help him overthrow the state and at the same time a family member with very different motivation is trying to take charge of the family business and these tensions are expertly woven and examined by Legare. The narrative involves more violence than in the previous book, where some of the actions were softened by ineptitude and tended almost towards farce. There is less broad sweep in this book as here the focus moves to the micro level and therefore it has to rely more on characterisation. We learn more about Watanabe and I felt real compassion for her and her situation. If you are interested in Japan and its seedier underbelly then this book will give you plenty of food for thought.
I cannot wait for the next book in this exciting series.
The plot, pacing, characters and locale all combine to produce an intriguing story that is highly recommended.