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Five Decembers

(2021)
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Winner of the 2022 Edgar Award for Best Novel

“War, imprisonment, torture, romance…The novel has an almost operatic symmetry, and Kestrel turns a beautiful phrase.”
-New York Times


Five Decembers is a gripping thriller, a staggering portrait of war, and a heartbreaking love story, as unforgettable as All the Light We Cannot See.

NOMINATED FOR BEST THRILLER IN THE 2022 BARRY AWARDS

FINALIST FOR THE HAMMETT PRIZE 2021

"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

"Hard-as-nails mystery/suspense/noir set against a backdrop of war in the Pacific. One hell of a good story." - Stephen King

"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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

September 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: Five Decembers
Author(s): James Kestrel
ISBN: 1-78909-867-X / 978-1-78909-867-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

July 2022 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Five Decembers
Author(s): James Kestrel
Publisher: Podium Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Five Decembers
Author(s): James Kestrel
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
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October 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Five Decembers
Author(s): James Kestrel
Publisher: Titan Books
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