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Tokyo Redux

David Peace

Described by The Times as his ‘most James Ellroy-like book yet . . . a powerful, stirring read’ the paperback of the final book of David Peace’s Tokyo Trilogy, about one of Japan’s great unsolved mysteries.

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The Occupation had a hangover, but still the Occupation went to work…

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.

Some men go mad, some men go missing …

Fifteen years later and Tokyo is booming. As the city prepares for the 1964 Olympics and the global spotlight, Hideki Murota, a former policeman during the Occupation period, and now a private investigator, is given a case which forces him to go back to confront a time, a place and a crime he’s been hiding from for the past fifteen years.

Some men do both …

Over twenty years later, in the autumn and winter of 1988, as the Emperor Showa is dying, Donald Reichenbach, an aging American, eking out a living teaching and translating, sits drinking by the Shinobazu Pond in Ueno, knowing the final reckoning of the greatest mystery of the Showa Era is down to him.

Critic Reviews

In these lazy days of conformity and censorship, David Peace continues to experiment and excite. Tokyo Redux represents another peak in a genuinely diverse and original body of work. This is hard-hitting, hypnotic, committed storytelling from a master craftsman. His words flow through a maze the reader will never want to leave. And in this case never will.

John King
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Another typically brilliant and idiosyncratic neo noir from one of our finest novelists. A murder mystery set in 1949 Japan during the US occupation it has all of Peace's usual flair for language and characterization with an additional delicious layer of Pynchonesque baroque conspiracy. I loved it.

Adrian McKinty
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A masterpiece and a classic . . . it speaks so much to the world as it is now.

Anna Sherman
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Written in Peace’s signature brutalist, post-modern style, Tokyo Redux looks to be the most stone-cold crime novel of 2021.

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Peace [is] near his best in this powerful, overwhelming novel, in which genre excitement steadily gives way to the uncannier frisson of being plugged into a current of secret knowledge.

Anthony Cummins, Observer
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A mighty slab of a novel . . . [Peace is] always worth reading.

Daily Mail

David Peace – named in 2003 as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists – was born and brought up in Yorkshire. He is the author of eleven novels including the Red Riding Quartet, adapted for television by Channel Four in 2009, GB84, which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Damned Utd, Red or Dead, which…

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