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In the second thriller of this new series from “a fresh voice in crime fiction” Kirkus Reviews antiues dealer turned PI 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. 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 artIn Tokyo Kill we again meet protagonist Jim Brodie expert in Japanese art and antiuities 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 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 plausibleI 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 of Brodie s storyWhile Tokyo Kill takes on serious themes some of which entail sensitive issues regarding Japan s national psyche it comes off as neither discouragingly heavy nor as flippantly shallow These thoughtful themes are woven into the fiber of the story in such a way that they deepen and enrich both plot and characterization without slowing the pace a bit Conseuently Tokyo Kill comes off as uality enjoyable entertainment entertainment with an agreeable balance of substance and fancy Tokyo Kill s style is at times gutsy a shade away from gritty Graphic enough without giving in to sensationalist gore Dialogue is very tastefully done My only real criticism of Tokyo Kill is that I am not a big fan of scenes in which the antagonist gives a full solilouy explaining what he did and why he did it Overall I don t consider the one such scene in Tokyo Kill to have ruined the seuence much less the entire book I would simply have preferred to find out some of that information through the hero or one of his colleaguesI was glad to have a day off when Tokyo Kill came out I didn t want to put the book down and I finished it the day after I got it An even telling indicator of its effect on me is that I did not want the story to end I wanted to remain in Jim Brodie s world a while longer To me that s a mark of a truly good readKudos again to Barry Lancet

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S PI 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 sensesInstead 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 missi. I received an advance copy of this new thriller absolutely loved it due to the sense of place well defined and growing characters and the nonstop action While the plot is complex and unexpected the book is still character driven and Lancet s knowledge of Japan its history personality culture and art is a terrific enhancement I would have loved to wait for the audio but this book was too good to age on my shelves until then

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To the war and to Chinese Triads operating in present day Tokyo insisting that he and his few surviving army buddies are in dangerFresh off his involvement in solving San Francisco’s Japantown murders antiues dealer Jim Brodie had returned to Tokyo for some RR 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’. 55 I love this series Hardcore thriller mystery BOOK 2 The Jim Brodie series each book can be read as a standalone but the characters and subplots carry over and just get better in every book This book was even fast paced than book one Japantown I loved the history of both the Japanese and Chinese recollections of war Barry Lancet is a master storyteller that manages to tell convincing break neck speed thrillers without the use of blue language or sex I d say this book has the same pace and depth as a Dan Brown novel and that is GOODI also appreciate the authors notes sharing with the reader what parts of the history and locations are fact or fiction And also the heartfelt dedication to the forgotten WWII Japanese veterans It seems every war has this group of soldiers and it s a shame they do not have an outlet to share their stories I wish I could meet Mr Lancet just to say thank youFor sure and forever would rec this series Bring on book threeBook 1 JapantownBook 2 Tokyo KillBook 3 Pacific BurnBook 4 The Spy Across the Table


10 thoughts on “Tokyo Kill

  1. says:

    A mesmerizing and meticulously constructed tale that whisks the reader away to some of the most shadowy and fascinating co

  2. says:

    This second book in Barry Lancet's Jim Brodie series is even action packed than Japantown The author's eye for detail and ever rising suspense make these thrillers entertaining as well as educational

  3. says:

    Jim Brodie made his initial appearance in “Japantown” an action packed thriller and the series debut He now returns in a novel which is no less filled with derring do and lots of exotic descriptions of Japanese culture and history Brodie inherited a half interest in Brodie Security founded by his late father

  4. says:

    OMG what can I say about this that hasn't already been said but here goes once again I have to say I loved how from the ev

  5. says:

    55 I love this series Hardcore thriller mystery — BOOK 2 The Jim Brodie series — each book can be read as a standalone but the characters and subplots carry over and just get better in every book This book was even fast paced than book on

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    What is it about Americans’ hunger for violence? Recently than 100 million of us watched the Superbowl a classic annual gladiatorial display in which huge men appear onscreen appearing to do their utmost to injure one another — and are rewarded with enormous sums of money for doing so I’ve never understood

  7. says:

    I am on a hot streak lately of finding new to me suspense and thriller authors My newest find is Barry Lancet His hero lives part time in Japan and part time in the US In Japan he co owns and runs his late father's security company while in the US he owns and runs a high endart and antiue store He's still learning about security work and relies heavily on his employees who are also partnersTokyo Kill is set entirely i

  8. says:

    Although this is one of a series it is a stand alone Jim Brodie is an antiues dealer turned private investigator He's just arrived in Japan for a little relaxation when he's approached by an elderly WWII survivor who has uite a story involving Chinese Triads murder and treachery Jim takes on the case and so begins a heart thumping page turning story Jim is a great addition to the private investigator books and he's uite likable imprefect

  9. says:

    I received an advance copy of this new thriller absolutely loved it due to the sense of place well defined and growing characters and the nonsto

  10. says:

    Exciting and intriguing premise treasures of gold jewelry porcelain and art given to the Last Emperor of China Pu Yi by the Japanese in Manchuria are sought today by persons unknown who will go to extreme lengths to get it Full of action plot twists history And lots of interesting facts about Japanese kendo judo and the Japanese sword or koto

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