Intriguing Detective Thriller Set in Japan
Makes for Fascinating Read
Finally, an intriguing detective thriller set in Japan that refuses to turn the lead characters into caricatures, and base its premise on such tropes as sushi and martial arts. The author’s regard and insider perspective on Japan in general, and Tokyo in particular, bring an authenticity and sense of immediacy to this richly rendered narrative. By lifting the veil, ever so slightly, on the Japanese's enigmatic (to Westerners) ways and rich culture, Brewer helps us understand our larger world a little better—without sacrificing a damn good read. He doesn't flinch from unsettled matters such as the resistance in some quarters to the American military presence in Japan or the ethnic divisions that divide, specifically bigotry; Nor should he as this is the world that his relentless detective, Shig Sato, inhabits. With the detective's wonderful debut in "The Gangster's Son", I look forward to soon reading the next Shig Sato mystery.
- Mark Fine, author, "The Zebra Affaire"
This book was a definite page turner. I’m a writer and I thought the plot was expertly planned and executed and I was so impressed by how well the characters were portrayed. Sato’s relationships with the police, his colleagues, and his friends were also typical of the way a Japanese person behaves and I think readers can learn a lot about the Japanese mindset and Japanese customs when they read this book.
I’m pleased that this book is part of a series because Shig Sato is a very interesting and likeable character and I’m sure Brewer’s other books would be just as entertaining as this one.
- Amazon reviewer Sakura
I’ve read all three and enjoy Sato’s investigative skills as well as author Joseph Mark Brewer’s grasp of Japanese culture. In this book Brewer combines Russian gangsters with the usual Japanese underworld characters. This makes for an action packed read. As the story unfolds the tangled skeins of the seemingly diverse occurrences begin to unwind under the skillful investigation of Shig Sato and his partner Ken Abe. You can almost hear the ticking of Sato’s brain as he puts the pieces of the puzzle together. He is a little Sherlock Holmes and a little Hercule Poirot. Add the unique world of the Japanese and you have a well plotted mystery.
- Elizabeth Horton-Newton, author, "View From the Sixth Floor"
From Medium.com: 20 Unknown Authors You Need to Know About - by Ruthankhamen - link here
What Do You Have To Say? Interview with Joseph Mark Brewer - with Anita Kovacevic link here
Interesting characters with a lot of potential link here - Tuesday Book Blog
The Japanese Mafia, an American GI and a dead girl. How can you not read this book? Interview with Joseph Mark Brewer with Dave Adair link here -