Author(s): Hideo Yokoyama
THE MILLION-SELLING JAPANESE CRIME PHENOMENON, NOW A UK BESTSELLER. SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER. SIX FOUR. THE NIGHTMARE NO PARENT COULD ENDURE. THE CASE NO DETECTIVE COULD SOLVE. THE TWIST NO READER COULD PREDICT. For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as 'Six Four'. They would never forgive the authorities their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.
Not only is Six Four an addictive read, it is an education about Japan, its police and its society, and simply one of the best crime novels I have ever read. -- David Peace A classic plot about a decent cop painstakingly uncovering corruption suddenly turns into one of the most remarkable revenge dramas in modern detective fiction. Sunday Times It's very different, in tone, narrative and style, from almost anything out there ... the twist and the pay-off are worth the wait. Observer A huge hit in Japan and it's easy to see why ... steadily gathers menace and power until it becomes addictive. The Times The plot would grip in any language ... not just a police procedural but a guide book to Japan ... There's much talk these days of binge viewing; here is a binge read. Guardian Slow building, meticulous in its insistence on unfolding all the procedural elements of a Japanese crime investigation and its political ramifications, this is a novel that insidiously grows on you until you are fully captive of its narrative flow and can't put it down. -- Maxim Jakubowski Six Four gives back in abundance everything that the reader is prepared to give ... demonstrating that crime fiction can be freighted with the weight and authority of serious literature. Independent An astonishing book, poetically translated, containing one of the most complex central characters in crime fiction. Sometimes publishing sensations exceed expectations; Six Four deserves its success - past, present and future. Crime Scene
Hideo Yokoyama (Author) Born in 1957, Hideo Yokoyama worked for twelve years as an investigative reporter with a regional newspaper north of Tokyo, before becoming one of Japan's most acclaimed fiction writers. Six Four is his sixth novel, and his first to be published in the English language. Jonathan Lloyd-Davies (Translator) Jonathan Lloyd-Davies studied Japanese at Durham and Chinese at Oxford. His translations include Edge by Koji Suzuki, with co-translator Camellia Nieh, which received the Shirley Jackson award for best novel. Originally from Wales, he now resides in Tokyo.