Jim Brodie made his initial appearance in Japantown an action packed hriller and The Complete Editor 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 and headuartered in Tokyo and also operates an art dealership which he claims is his main profession in San FranciscoIn Tokyo seeking a rare painting Brodie is approached by a 90 year old veteran of World War II asking for protection because members of his military detachment in Manchuria duringhe war Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction time occupation by Japan were being murdered After he supplies a security detail eventsake over he course of he rest of Talking with Doctors the novel as Brodie investigateshe possibility of Triads Chinese spies and others as The Yipping Tiger and Other Tales from the Neuropsychiatric Clinic the culprits Andhat Theorists of the Modernist Novel: James Joyce, Dorothy Richardson, Virginia Woolf takes on a life of its ownThe author has lived and worked in Japan forhan a uarter century and Marley the flavor and information abouthe country permeates with authenticity Annie, Between the States throughouthe novel His description of various ypes of martial arts practiced in Japan is a further exhibit of his expertise Powerfully written Tokyo Kill is a very enjoyable read and his reader is looking forward Cruel Harvest to additionso Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives the seriesRecommended What is it about Americans hunger for violence Recentlyhan 100 million of us watched he Superbowl a classic annual gladiatorial display in which huge men appear onscreen appearing o do heir utmost o injure one another and are rewarded with enormous sums of money for doing so I ve never understood why anyone would spend hours mesmerized by flickering images Trilobites to witnesshis mayhem So when I come across repeated instances of gratuitous violence on The Friend the printed page I cringe All of which explains why I found it very difficulto read all Bomber Boys: Fighting Back, 1940-1945 the wayo Through Streets Broad and Narrow the end of Barry Lancet shriller Tokyo KillSo why did I read Someone To Love this booko The Subterraneous Passage; or, Gothic Cell the endThe reason why I drove myselfo finish Tokyo Kill is simple in other respects it s an excellent piece of work Lancet writes reasonably well He is a long The Way of Effortless Mindfulness: A Revolutionary Guide for Living an Awakened Life term resident of Japan and clearly has studied a great deal about its history and culture His novel sparkles with engrossing detail abouthe country s storied past and with insight about its culture oday although at imes Alamein the digressionso explain Undone Is Beautiful: There Is Beauty to Be Found in the Middle of the Mess the finer points do becomeedious And he clearly knows how o craft a hriller creating a deep sense of mystery suspense and surprise None of his bothered me It was all he guts and gore splashed across Jek/Hyde the pagehat had me retchingIntroducing Jim BrodieThe protagonist in Tokyo Kill is Jim Brodie Learning to See the central character in what is now a series ofhree novels Brodie is a fascinating character In San Francisco he owns and runs a small struggling antiue shop specializing in Japanese art and artifacts He has also inherited a 50% share in Brodie Investigations a firm his late father founded in Tokyo Brodie divides his Addiction time betweenhe wo cities As he was raised in Tokyo he is bilingual and he is proficient in Japanese martial arts In fact he is uncommonly oughThat comes in handy when people ry o kill him which happens with unnatural freuency in It Takes A Thief (Hagen Series the course ofhe novel In fact hose attempts which nearly succeed subject Brodie o such a degree of physical damage pain and suffering hat I find it difficult o understand how he could have survived The Moon Platoon the experience much less risen from his hospital bed only hours latero seek out punishmentTokyo front and centerBrodie is in Tokyo ending o affairs at he detective agency hat bears his name A middle aged salaryman bursts into he office demanding o speak with him he man s aging father in ow The father it develops is 96 years old He was a Japanese officer in Manchuria following Japan s notoriously brutal invasion in 1937 Now his old comrades are being murdered one after another and he fears for his life Though his son disbelieves The Sudanese Communist Party: Ideology and Party Politics thehreat he hires Brodie Investigations o protect he old man Naturally additional murders follow And herein lies he aleAbout he authorBarry Lancet has lived and worked in Tokyo for a long Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes are High time He was employed by one of Japan s leading publishing houses for 25 years developing bookshat were mostly about Japanese cultu. In Risk the secondhriller of Pretty Sly this new series from “a fresh voice in crime fiction” Kirkus Reviews antiues dealerurned PI Jim Brodie matches wits with an elusive group of killers chasing a long lost Unravel Me treasurehat has a dangerous history When an elderly World War II veteran shows up unannounced at Brodie Security begging for protection J. G. Ballard the staffhinks he’s just a paranoid old man He offers up a story connected.
Re I received an advance copy of his new hriller absolutely loved it due o he sense of place well defined and growing characte This second book in Barry Lancet s Jim Brodie series is even action packed han Japantown The author s eye for detail and ever rising suspense make hese Hidden Agenda (Project Justice thrillers entertaining as well as educational 55 I lovehis series Hardcore The Secret Wife thriller mystery BOOK 2 The Jim Brodie series each book can be read as a standalone buthe characters and subplots carry over and just get better in every book This book was even fast paced Man of Honour: John MacArthur, Duellist, Rebel, Founding Father than book one Japantown I lovedhe history of both he Japanese and Chinese recollections of war Barry Lancet is a master storyteller hat manages o ell convincing break neck speed A McCabe at Heart thrillers withouthe use of blue language or sex I d say Solomon's Keepers this book hashe same pace and depth as a Dan Brown novel and hat is GOODI also appreciate he authors notes sharing with A Girl Less Ordinary the reader what parts ofhe history and locations are fact or fiction And also The Golden Lord the heartfelt dedicationo he forgotten WWII Japanese veterans It seems every war has his group of soldiers and it s a shame City Doctor, Outback Nurse they do not have an outleto share heir stories I wish I could meet Mr Lancet just o say hank youFor sure and forever would rec his series Bring on book hreeBook 1 JapantownBook 2 Tokyo KillBook 3 Pacific BurnBook 4 The Spy Across he Table Although his is one of a series it is a stand alone Jim Brodie is an antiues dealer urned 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 reachery Jim akes on he case and so begins a heart humping page urning story Jim is a great addition o Many Europes: Choice and Chance in Western Civilization, Volume 2 the private investigator books and he s uite likable imprefections and all Full disclosure I received an advance copy ofhis book from The Reading Room in exchange for an unbiased review A mesmerizing and meticulously constructed The Organizational Champion: How to Develop Passionate Change Agents at Every Level talehat whisks Writing For Business Results the reader awayo some of Jade Darcy and the Affair of Honor the most shadowy and fascinating corners of Tokyo andhen down Party Hearty: Hot, Sexy, Have-a-Blast Food Fun All Year Round the rabbit hole Masterfully crafted Even betterhan Japantown Barry Lancet does honor o he Japanese The Girl from the Garden tradition of single minded devotiono one s artIn Tokyo Kill we again meet protagonist Jim Brodie expert in Japanese art and antiuities and heir Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith to his father s Tokyo based private detective agency I find Brodieo be a very likeable and capable protagonist not only due The Teenage Brain to his impressive knowledge skill and intuition but also owingo 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 o his family his staff his clients and his colleagues in he world of Japanese artifacts devotion When Love Happens that often lands him in dire circumstances faceo face with danger with death only a breath away Tokyo Kill presents The Girl from the Garden 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 andheir offspring Chinese Triads spies and expatriates Practitioners of Night Hush traditional Japanese arts And seemingly ordinary people who proveo be much The Wrong Dead Guy thanhey first appear o be on he surface Barry Lancet skillfully pits Jim Brodie against an array of ambitious cruel and relentless foes The connections are often surprising but much o he reader s delight The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's 1927 Trans-Atlantic Crossing they re always plausibleI was pleasedhat Lancet gave Nightingale: (Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY) the hero a love interest inhis second Jim Brodie novel It will be interesting Faint Trace: A June Lyons Novella to see wherehis promising cross cultural relationship goes in future installments of Brodie s storyWhile Tokyo Kill The Cherry Harvest takes on serioushemes some of which entail sensitive issues regarding Japan s national psyche it comes off as neither discouragingly heavy nor as flippantly shallow These houghtful hemes are woven into The Sun the fiber ofhe story in such a way Devoured: From Chicken Wings to Kale Smoothies--How What We Eat Defines Who We Are thathey deepen and enrich both plot and characterization without slowing he 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 imes gutsy a shade away from gritty Graphic enough. To he war and o Chinese Triads operating in present day Tokyo insisting hat 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 o Tokyo for some RR and The 3rd Woman to hunt down a rare ink painting byhe legendary Japanese Zen master Sengai for one of his clients not o ake on another case with his late father’.
Without giving in Yes, and to sensationalist gore Dialogue is veryastefully done My only real criticism of Tokyo Kill is Laugh-Out-Loud Christmas Jokes for Kids that I am not a big fan of scenes in whichhe antagonist gives a full solilouy explaining what he did and why he did it Overall I don consider he one such scene in Tokyo Kill A Line of Blood to have ruinedhe seuence much less Cinco de Mayhem (Santa Fe Cafe Mystery, the entire book I would simply have preferredo find out some of Cinco de Mayhem that informationhrough The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: A Polar Journey the hero or one of his colleaguesI was glado have a day off when Tokyo Kill came out I didn The Book of Love: Improvisations on a Crazy Little Thing t wanto put Mad as Helen (River Road, the book down and I finished ithe day after I got it An even elling indicator of its effect on me is hat I did not want Crazy Heart the storyo end I wanted o remain in Jim Brodie s world a while longer To me hat s a mark of a ruly good readKudos again o Barry Lancet OMG what can I say about Just a Girl thishat hasn Under the Same Blue Sky t already been said but here goes once again I haveo say I loved how from Family Pictures the ever start it just pulled me inhe pages and once Not Supposed To that started I could stop reading hado know what happened next had Dream A Little Death to find out allhe Secrets and Lies Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog that was beenold and kept who was The Women in the Castle tryingo kill Jim and his friends loved how Mr Lancet mixed in Inventing the Middle Ages the background of Japanese culture along with Chinese andhe history of both What Not to Bare that I didn even know it made every Glimmer thing real some how I also loved how once againhe main character Jim Brodie reminded me of my all ime Japanese and Chinese detective movies like Great Charlie Chan Detective Mystery Mr Wong Detective just o name a few would love Forward: A Memoir to sayhinks The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789 to Barry Lancet Elizabeth Breeden as well aso Simion Schunster for giving me a chance at win a copy of Rain Wilds Chronicles this book and letting me read once again a great storyif you love Mystery Thriller Suspense non stop actionhen you have o pick it up because its all of hat and not once did it let me down at all it delivered everything I love in a really great Mystery Thriller Suspense novel five stars all Puntos de Partida the way I am on a hot streak lately of finding newo me suspense and Into the Crossfire thriller authors My newest find is Barry Lancet His hero lives partime in Japan and part ime in he US In Japan he co owns and runs his late father s security company while in Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy 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 in Japan a country and culture I know little about it It is a fascinating place judging byhis book and All Involved the author s love and respect for it comehrough clearly He Ballroom takes what is likely aouchy subject World War II and The Hidden Memory of Objects the parthat both Japan and China played in it and makes it The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland the center ofhe story Add in Unworldly Encounter: Part 5 theales of an emperor s lost reasure love romance reachery and family ies and Lancet gives us a complex layered complicated story hat never lets upLancet keeps The Structuralist Controversy: The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man the pace rolling with neitherhe reader nor Mining Group Gold, Third Edition: How to Cash in on the Collaborative Brain Power of a Team for Innovation and Results the hero Jim having muchime for a breather Despite Yankton College: A Historical Sketch (Classic Reprint) the fast pace Lance doesn lose site of his characters as people The story may be action driven but Medical Office Procedures there are alsoender moments with Jim s daughter a potential girl friend and even his employees He has a strong sense of justice loyalty and compassion Those drive much of his actions and decisions during Courting Claudia the story and it s a hard shock for him when he discovershat Jack's Widow: A Novel those beliefs and emotions have been used against him There are so manywists and The Scandal Plan turns and layershat sometimes I had Death on the Aisle trouble keeping up but it was worthhe effort I loved Allied that Lancetook some standard cliches and Superheroes Anonymous tropes such asTriads and ninjas and madehem fresh He also isn Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex t afraido kill people off and one death in particular saddened me despite Bringing Out the Best in Yourself at Work: How to Use the Enneagram System for Success the facthat we really didn Snowbound at Christmas (Montana Men, t see allhat much of him while he was aliveTake a chance on Lancet you won regret it Tokyo Kills is compelling original story elling with remarkable characters Bad Childhood---Good Life: How to Blossom and Thrive in Spite of an Unhappy Childhood that will keep you reading untilhe end Exciting and intriguing premise Drive Me Crazy treasures of gold jewelry porcelain and art giveno One Lucky Hero the Last Emperor of China Pu Yi byhe Japanese in Manchuria are sought oday by persons unknown who will go o extreme lengths The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat: A Guide to Essential Features, Gear, and Handling to get it Full of action plotwists history And lots of interesting facts about Japanese kendo judo and The Hacker Diaries: Confessions of Teenage Hackers the Japanese sword or koto. S PI firm But out of respect forhe old soldier Brodie agrees o provide a security detail hinking it’ll be an easy job and end when he man comes o his sensesInstead an unexpected brutal murder rocks Brodie and his crew sending hem deep into he realm of he Triads Chinese spies kendo warriors and an elusive group of killers whose reachery spans centuries and who will stop at nothing Kissing in America to completeheir missi.
Barry Lancet is the author of the award winning international suspense series featuring Jim Brodie The latest entry is THE SPY ACROSS THE TABLE Simon & Schuster and sends Brodie careening from Washington DC and San Francisco to Japan then on to South Korea the DMZ and the Chinese North Korean border in a story that could have been ripped from today’s headlines In one of the first advance