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Barry Lancet

Barry Lancet's connection with Japan began more than thirty years ago with a short exploratory trip from his California home to Tokyo. Five years later his visit turned into a long-term stay in the Japanese capital, a thriving metropolis he found endlessly fascinating.

One incident in particular started him on his present course of writing, and led to Japantown and the Jim Brodie series (the next book is in the editing stages; the third is in the works). Early on during his return to Japan, Lancet was directed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to come down to the station house for a "voluntary interview." The MPD proceeded to interrogate him for three hours over what turned out to be a minor, noncriminal infraction.

The police grilling evolved into one of the most intensive psychological battles of cat-and-mouse Lancet had faced up to that point in his stay in Asia, and caused him to view many of his experiences, past and future, in a whole new light. The encounter was also instrumental in shaping Lancet's approach to his novels.

Genres: Thriller
Barry Awards Best First Book winner (2014) : Japantown
Shamus Awards Best Hardcover Novel nominee (2015) : Tokyo Kill

Barry Lancet recommends
The Fourth Monkey (2017)
(Detective Sam Porter, book 1)
J D Barker
"Gripping, addictive, and devilishly clever. From its opening salvo THE FOURTH MONKEY grabs you and never lets go. J. D. Barker is a stunning new talent."
Rainbirds (2018)
Clarissa Goenawan
"Rainbirds is that rarest of debut novels--confident, transportive, and utterly enthralling. Clarissa Goenawan explores the mysteries of small-town Japan, drawing readers in with understated prose, then ensnaring with a subtle spell, exposing, grain by grain, the secrets behind a young woman's death."

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