Tokyo Year Zero

A year after the surrender of the Japanese to the Americans, Tokyo is without running water and on the brink of starvation. Amid the rubble, another war is breaking out for control of the city’s black markets. Across this ravaged landscape, a world of fugitives, of false identities and dark secrets, walks Detective Minami, a man troubled to the point of madness by his own complicity in the crimes committed against Chinese civilians during the Japanese occupation. When he is charged with investigating the murder of two young women he finds the trail leads inexorably back into his own hidden past. ‘Part historical stunner, part Kurosawa crime film, an original all the way,’ writes James Ellroy. ‘David Peace’s depiction of a war-torn metropolis both crumbling and ascendant is peerless.’

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