SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER.
To find your missing daughter. To hold her in alive in your arms. Mikami doubted there was anything a parent wouldn’t put themselves through in order to achieve such a goal.
The nightmare no parent could endure.
The case no detective could solve.
The twist no reader could predict.
For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.
For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as 'Six Four'. They would never forgive the authorities their failure.
For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.
A Japanese crime phenomenon and an early hit in 2016 with Waterstones’ booksellers, Six Four sold over a million copies in just six days in Japan and became an instant bestseller upon publication in the UK. Author Hideo Yokoyama worked as an investigative reporter for twelve years before turning to fiction, Six Four is his sixth novel but the first to be translated into English.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 44 mm
"Not only is Six Four an addictive read, it is an education about Japan, its police and its society, and simply one of the best crime novels I have ever read." - David Peace
"A classic plot about a decent cop painstakingly uncovering corruption suddenly turns into one of the most remarkable revenge dramas in modern detective fiction." - Sunday Times
"It's very different, in tone, narrative and style, from almost anything out there . . . the twist and the pay-off are worth the wait." - Observer
"A huge hit in Japan and it's easy to see why . . . steadily gathers menace and power until it becomes addictive." - The Times
"The plot would grip in any language . . . not just a police procedural but a guide book to Japan . . . There's much talk these days of binge viewing; here is a binge read." - Guardian
"Avoids every crime-fiction cliche . . . complex, ingenious and engrossing . . . If not a bow, you will at least want to give Hideo Yokoyama a tip of your hat for writing such a highly entertaining book." - Washington Post
"Six Four gives back in abundance everything that the reader is prepared to give . . . demonstrating that crime fiction can be freighted with the weight and authority of serious literature." - Independent
"This novel is a real, out-of-the-blue original. I've never read anything like it . . . He's a master". - New York Times Book Review
"Though it deploys common tropes of crime fiction and its lightly noir style, Six Four's unusual focus on the PR side of police work sets it apart and gives it unexpected heat. Yokoyama avoids simplistic moralizing, and instead offers the reader a compelling interrogation of duty." - Time magazine
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I would definitely recommend this book and I finished it within days. The Japanese setting was especially fascinating since the cultures, procedures and structures are very distinctively different from what I've... More
slow burner but great depth and story.
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