Barry Lancet: Veteran Tokyo editor turns his mind to crime
“Japan has her secrets, as you well know,” a Kyoto art dealer named Takahashi tells American Jim Brodie. “Many are open secrets. We Japanese are aware of them, are ashamed of them, and don’t speak of them often, if ever. Our embarrassing moments remain, for the most part, confined to these shores. The language barrier and our shame constitute an effective blockade.”
In “Tokyo Kill,” his second thriller from Simon & Schuster, Barry Lancet continues where his previous work, “Japantown,” left off, with Brodie out to ram through that formidable blockade of secrets. The plot takes Brodie and his colleagues from what was expected to be a simple bodyguard assignment to a search for precious antiques that people would kill for, while encountering untold stories about war atrocities. Along the way, Brodie is ganged up on by a trio of kendo experts capable of killing with wooden practice swords and contends with a Chinese secret society.