Tokyo Year Zero
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: July 2010
Duration: 14 hours 15 minutes
On August 15th, 1946'the first anniversary of the Japanese surrender'the partially decomposed bodies of two women are found in the ruins of ZÅjÅji Temple in central Tokyo. They have been raped and strangled'and they are only the first. More will be found killed in the same way, and by the same hand. The irreverent, angry, despairing yet determined Detective Minami narrates the riveting story of the hunt for the Japanese Bluebeard, as well as telling his own story of struggles with haunting memories.
A story told with demanding power, written in a telegraphic, darkly lyrical language, shot through with wry humor, unblinking in its vision of the chaos left in the wake of war and of the moral and psychological corruption it engenders'Tokyo Year Zero is blistering and unforgettable, a stunningly original crime novel.
'Tokyo Year Zero is part historical stunner, part Kurosawa crime film, an original all the way. David Peace's depiction of a war-torn metropolis both crumbling and ascendant is peerless, and the story itself is beautifully wrought.''James Ellroy