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Losing Kei

Losing Kei
  • Author(s): Suzanne Kamata
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Jill is reeling from a bad relationship, and she decides to depart for Japan for a fresh start. She falls in love with the culture, and Yusuke Yamashiro. Although she is American, they decide to marry and she soon...

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood
  • Author(s): Haruki Murakami
  • Location(s): Japan, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s onwards

When he hears her favourite Beatles song, Toru Watanabe recalls his first love Naoko, the girlfriend of his best friend Kizuki. Immediately he is transported back almost twenty years to his student days in Tokyo, adrift in a world...

Out

Out
  • Author(s): Natsuo Kirino
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

Four women work nights together at a bento box factory on the outskirts of Tokyo, and form a friendship based on their mutual desperation at the quality of their home lives. Yamamoto, a young wife and mother kills her...

Roppongi

Roppongi
  • Author(s): Nick Vasey
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Roppongi is an ‘adventure-travel-fiction’ story, exploring the crazy and often dangerous world which is living and working as a foreigner in the Roppongi nightlife industry of Tokyo, Japan. The novel follows the (mis)adventures of its travel-addicted protagonist Zack, and...

The Cat and The City

The Cat and The City
  • Author(s): Nick Bradley
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

In Tokyo – one of the world’s largest megacities – a stray cat is wending her way through the back alleys. And, with each detour, she brushes up against the seemingly disparate lives of the city-dwellers, connecting them in...

The Cherry Blossom Murder

The Cherry Blossom Murder
  • Author(s): Fran Pickering
  • Location(s): Japan, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

Behind the scenes a killer is lurking… When Tokyo-based Londoner Josie finds a body under the cherry blossom, she sets out to track down the killer. But she finds that everyone has a secret and no one can be...

The Courtesan and the Samurai: The Shogun Quartet #3

The Courtesan and the Samurai: The Shogun Quartet #3
  • Author(s): Lesley Downer
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Second half 19th Century

1868. In Japan’s exotic pleasure quarters, sex is for sale and the only forbidden fruit is love … Hana is just seventeen when her husband goes to war, leaving her alone and vulnerable. When enemy soldiers attack her house...

The Devil of Nanking

The Devil of Nanking
  • Author(s): Mo Hayder
  • Location(s): Nanjing (Nanking), Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Suspense
  • Era(s): 1937 and 1990

Grey Hutchins is in pursuit of an obsession. She is searching for a piece of film taken during the infamous Nanking massacre of 1937. Some say it never existed. Grey is certain that it does, and that it lies...

The Devotion of Suspect X

The Devotion of Suspect X
  • Author(s): Keigo Higashino
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

A single mother, assisted by her daughter, strangles her abusive ex-husband. Her next door neighbour, a mathematician helps to create a scenario to provide the two women with iron-clad alibis. A detective, with the support of his logically minded...

The Flower Arranger

The Flower Arranger
  • Author(s): J J Ellis
  • Location(s): Tokyo, Iriomote Island
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Present Day

Holly Blain wants to cover real news. The entertainment beat — pop stars and teen trends — was not why she moved to Tokyo. When she meets Inspector Tetsu Tanaka, head of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police’s Gaikoku-jin unit, it might...

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