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Tokyo Year Zero

By David Peace

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Unblinking in its vision of a nation in a chaotic, hellish period in its history, Tokyo Year Zero is a “brilliant, perplexing, claustrophobic … exhilarating” crime novel (The New York Times Book Review).

It's August 1946—one year after the Japanese surrender—and women are turning up dead all over Tokyo. Detective Minami of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police—irreverent, angry, despairing—goes on the hunt for a killer known as the Japanese Bluebeard—a decorated former Imperial soldier who raped and murdered at least ten women amidst the turmoil of post-war Tokyo. As he undertakes the case, Minami is haunted by his own memories of atrocities that he can no longer explain or forgive.

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