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Summary: From "British crime fiction's most exciting new voice in decades" (GQ) comes an electrifying novel that revisits a series of shocking crimes committed in post-World War II, bombed-out, American-occupied Tokyo. On August 15, 1946--the first anniversary of the Japanese surrender--the partially decomposed, raped, and strangled bodies of two women are found in Shiba Park. More murders will soon be uncovered: women killed in the same way, and, it becomes clear, by the same hand. Narrated by the irreverent, despairing yet determined Detective Minami of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police,Tokyo Year Zerotells a fictionalized story of the real-life hunt for "the Japanese Bluebeard"--a decorated Imperial soldier who raped and murdered at least ten women amid the bleak turmoil of post-war Japan ("one huge sea of displaced persons . . . one minute here and one minute gone"). And it is the story of Detective Minami: chasing down, and haunted by, memories of atrocities that he can no longer explain or forgive. Unblinking in its vision of a nation in a chaotic, hellish period in its history; of the rawness of emotion left in the wake of war; and of the moral and psychological corruption engendered by its aftermath--Tokyo Year Zerois unforgettable, a darkly lyrical and stunningly original crime novel.
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