Tokyo Year Zero

Tokyo Year Zero

By David Peace

Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307276506, 355pp.

Publication Date: August 12, 2008

It's August 1946 one year after the Japanese surrender and women are turning up dead all over Tokyo. Detective Minami of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police irreverent, angry, despairing goes on the hunt for a killer known as the Japanese Bluebeard a decorated former Imperial soldier who raped and murdered at least ten women amidst the turmoil of post-war Tokyo. As he undertakes the case, Minami is haunted by his own memories of atrocities that he can no longer explain or forgive. Unblinking in its vision of a nation in a chaotic, hellish period in its history, "Tokyo Year Zero" is a darkly lyrical and stunningly original crime novel.

About the Author
David Peace grew up in Yorkshire in the '70's and vividly remembers listening to the hoax tape of the Yorkshire Ripper on his way home from school. He is one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2003 and lives in Japan.

Praise For Tokyo Year Zero

“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“Brilliant, perplexing, claustrophobic. . . . Exhilarating.” —The New York Times Book Review“The big post-war Japan novel, a fierce marriage of mood and narrative drive. David Peace continues to polish and advance his particular brand of literary crime fiction.” —George Pelecanos“Once this hellish locomotive of a book hooks onto its tracks it becomes difficult to stop.” —San Francisco Chronicle