Tokyo

Tokyo

Book - 2004
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Student Grey Hutchins comes to Tokyo seeking answers to what happened during the notorious Nanking Massacre in which, in one city, the Imperial Japanese Army killed up to 300,000 civilians. Only one man can help her, a survivor of the Massacre, and now a visiting professor at the prestigious university of Todai in Tokyo; a man who is rumoured to possess documentary evidence of Nanking. But first Grey must gain his trust. Increasingly desperate and alone, she accepts a job as a hostess at the 'Some Like It Hot' club, an upmarket nightspot catering for Japanese businessmen and wealthy gangsters. One gangster dominates - and old man in a wheelchair guarded by a nurse with sharpened teeth - said to rely on a powerful elixir for his continued wealth and well-being; It is an elixir which other members of the club want for themselves - at any price...With its focus on 1980's Tokyo and China in the late 1930s, and a woman who has quite a lot to prove and even more to hide, this is a literary thriller of the highest order. With its heady atmosphere of overt violence, lurking fear and sexual tension, Tokyo is a novel that takes hold of the reader and does not let go until its explosive final pages.
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2004.
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 362 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hayder, Mo 1962- Devil of Nanking.

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jazpur
Sep 06, 2017

The past links with the present as a student with tenacity searches for an historical piece of film from the Nanking massacre during the Sino-Japanese war of 1937. Not for the squeemish but Mo Hayder has achieved a fascinating and informative novel.

multcolib_susannel Jan 25, 2015

Inspired by a real fragment of film taken during the 1937 Nanking massacre, the author creates a heroine who once found mention of the film and will not rest until she sees it.
The truth about the atrocities that were committed during the massacre and how they relate to her present life are not for the faint hearted.

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loudem
Aug 12, 2013

We've got two stories melting into one. Good drive. Odd subject. Best part is the end when Grey tries to escape inside the house. Great suspence. Again, odd premise. But the story "around" this odd premise is masterful.

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BlueHippo
Apr 03, 2013

I found this book quite interesting since I knew very little about the actual historical event at Nanking. The main characters do not sseem very wel developed and are a little strange, but the story is an excellent tale and is based on actual events.

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dmirza
Sep 27, 2012

Great book. Left me feeling both sad and angry at the same time.

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vheckley
Mar 28, 2012

I loved this book. It was fascinating delving into the Japanese history with the twisting storyline running through at the same time.

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Eil_1
Apr 11, 2011

Fabulous book - an Asian must-read

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