New Writing North presents David Peace in conversation with Professor Katy Shaw to celebrate the release of Tokyo Redux, the conclusion to Peace’s acclaimed Tokyo trilogy.
Tokyo, July 1949. President Shimoyama, Head of the National Railways of Japan, goes missing just a day after serving notice of 30,000 job losses. In the midst of the US Occupation, against the backdrop of widespread social, political and economic reforms – as tensions and confusion reign – American detective Harry Sweeney leads the missing person’s investigation for General MacArthur’s GHQ.
Fifteen years on and Tokyo is booming. As the city prepares for the 1964 Olympics and the global spotlight, Murota Hideki, a former policeman during the Occupation period and now a private investigator, is given a case that forces him to go back to confront a time, a place and a crime he’s been hiding for years.
Over twenty years later – in the autumn and winter of 1988, as the Emperor Shōwa is dying – Donald Reichenbach, an ageing American who ekes out a living teaching and translating, sits drinking by the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, knowing the final reckoning of the greatest mystery of the Shōwa Era is down to him.
Tokyo Redux is a brilliant neo noir murder mystery from one of Granta’s 2003 Best of British Young Novelists and author of the Red Riding Quartet, GB84 and The Damned Utd.
Join us online for £5 on Thursday 3rd June 7-8pm to watch this pre-recorded book launch event.
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Chaired by Professor Katy Shaw, Northumbria University.
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