Librarians Recommend: "Tokyo Year Zero" by David Peace

Mysteries are not necessarily known for their innovative writing styles, but David Peace achieves this beautifully in Tokyo Year Zero while presenting a compelling mystery story at the same time. Several girls get murdered during the chaotic time preceding and following the Japanese surrender in World War II and a haunted, sleeping-pill addicted Tokyo police detective who may or may not be a war criminal has to solve the crime.

Beautiful, haunting and definitely recommended. If you liked Inspector Minami make sure you check out "Occupied City," the sequel to "Tokyo Year Zero."

And if you would like even more reading suggestions for mysteries set in Japan, try out Fiction Connection, one of our Literature & Books databases. Try a search for "Japan" and "mysteries" to get some ideas of what this database can do or ask a librarian to give you a tour.

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