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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 Guest Cat

The Guest Cat
  • Author(s): Takashi Hiraide
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Novella
  • Era(s): Modern

A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo. They work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another. One day a cat...

The Gun

The Gun
  • Author(s): Fuminori Nakamura
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

On a night-time walk along a Tokyo riverbank, a young man named Nishikawa stumbles on a dead body, besides which is lying a gun. From the moment Nishikawa makes the decision to take the gun, the world around him...

The Iris Fan

The Iris Fan
  • Author(s): Laura Joh Rowland
  • Location(s): Japan
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): Early 1700s

Japan, 1709. The shogun is old and ailing. Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichirō has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko is in tatters, and a bizarre...

The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel

The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel
  • Author(s): Maureen Lindley
  • Location(s): Mongolia, Shanghai, Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

Peking, 1914. Eight-year-old Eastern Jewel peers from behind a screen as her father, Prince Su makes love to a servant girl. Caught spying by her thirteenth sister, Eastern Jewel’s sexual curiosity sees her banished to live with distant relatives...

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
  • Author(s): David Mitchell
  • Location(s): Dejima
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Late 18th Century

Be transported to a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th-century, a young...

Tokyo

Tokyo
  • Author(s): Mo Hayder
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Her troubled female protagonist in Tokyo is Grey, haunting the thronging streets of Tokyo in search of an elusive piece of film recording the infamous Nanking massacre of 1937. But did the film ever exist? The past is a...

Tokyo Nights

Tokyo Nights
  • Author(s): Jim Douglas
  • Location(s): Tokyo, Hokkaido
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): 21st Century

Charlie Davis, a modern-day heretic, ditches his past and rushes into a picaresque journey through the glistening nights of Tokyo and the desolate wilds of northern Hokkaido. But the past is not so ready to ditch him; wistful private...

Tokyo vice

Tokyo vice
  • Author(s): Jake Adelstein
  • Location(s): Tokyo
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction
  • Era(s): Modern

A page turning insider’s account fighting crime in Japan. Does for Tokyo what Homicide did for Baltimore.

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