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Five Decembers

(2021)
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In this extraordinary novel of World War II, an American police detective trapped while trailing a killer overseas struggles to survive with only the help of a total stranger and his daughter, who risk their lives to protect him. FIVE DECEMBERS is a gripping thriller, a staggering portrait of war, and a heartbreaking love story, as moving and unforgettable as ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE.

"Read this book for its palpitating story, its perfect emotional and physical detailing and, most of all, for its unforgettable conjuring of a steamy quicksilver world that will be new to almost every reader."
- Pico Iyer


December 1941. America teeters on the brink of war, and in Honolulu, Hawaii, police detective Joe McGrady is assigned to investigate a homicide that will change his life forever. Because the trail of murder he uncovers will lead him across the Pacific, far from home and the woman he loves; and though the U.S. doesn't know it yet, a Japanese fleet is already steaming toward Pearl Harbor.

This extraordinary novel is so much more than just a gripping crime story—it's a story of survival against all odds, of love and loss and the human cost of war. Spanning the entirety of World War II, FIVE DECEMBERS is a beautiful, masterful, powerful novel that will live in your memory forever.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Utterly enthralling. Wildly ambitious and deeply haunting, Five Decembers drops you in the middle of a dark noir dream full of heat, loss and memory. Not to be missed." - Megan Abbott

"Five Decembers is absolutely terrific. I can’t remember the last novel I read that was so beautifully immersive. A joy to read." - Lou Berney

"Loved every page. A brilliant wartime noir that entangles you in a mystery while transporting you to a different age." - Mason Cross

"What a story! Totally engrossing, beautifully written, sometimes shocking and very moving." - Elly Griffiths

"James Kestrel evokes the Hawaii, the Hong Kong and the Tokyo of the 1940s with an urgency, a vividness—a passion—few of us can have met before. Read this book for its palpitating story, its perfect emotional and physical detailing and, most of all, for its unforgettable conjuring of a steamy quicksilver world that will be new to almost every reader." - Pico Iyer

"A crime epic for the ages." - Dennis Lehane

"What a wonderful book Five Decembers is! One of the best hardboiled mysteries I've read in years, and an epic war story and love story to boot." - James Reasoner

"Five Decembers is a masterpiece. You'll stay up all night with this one. It’s unique and it’s terrific." - Eric Redman


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Hardback Editions

October 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Five Decembers
Author(s): James Kestrel
ISBN: 1-78909-611-1 / 978-1-78909-611-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
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Kindle Editions

October 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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October 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Five Decembers
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