More at: www. Michaelpronko. Com. Hiroshi’s determined to cut through japan’s ambiguities—and dangers—to find the murdering ex-hostess before she extracts her final revenge—which just might be him. When an american businessman turns up dead, his mentor Takamatsu calls him out to the site of a grisly murder.
The Last Train Detective Hiroshi Series Book 1 #ad - He teams up with ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi to scour Tokyo’s sacred temples, corporate offices and industrial wastelands to find out why one woman was driven to murder. A glimpse from a security camera video suggests the killer might be a woman. Hiroshi goes deeper and deeper into Tokyo’s intricate, perilous market for buying and selling the most expensive land in the world.
Winner 2018 shelf unbound best independently published book winner 2017 Book Excellence Awards Best MysterySolo Medalist Winner 2017 New Apple Awards for Excellence Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white collar crime in Tokyo.
The Moving BladeRaked Gravel Press #ad - He leaves a missing manuscript, boxes of research, a lost keynote speech and a tangled web of relations. The moving blade is the second in the Tokyo-based Detective Hiroshi series by award-winning author Michael Pronko. Awards for the moving bladenamed one of kirkus reviews best indie mysteries and thrillers 2018 Grand Prize Winner Chanticleer International Book Awards Global Thrillers 2018Gold Award Literary Titan Book Award 2018Five Star Honoree B.
R. A. G. When two more bodies turn up, violence or procedure, Hiroshi must choose between desire and duty, before the killer silences his next victim. When his alluring daughter, finding only threats, Jamie, returns from America wanting answers, Detective Hiroshi Shimizu is dragged from the safe confines of his office into the street-level realities of Pacific Rim politics.
The Moving Blade #ad - With help from ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi, Hiroshi searches for the killer from back alley bars to government offices, through anti-nuke protests to military conspiracies. Medallion 2018 gold award independent publisher awards for mystery 2019finalist Best Book Awards 2018Finalist The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2018Honorable Mention Reader Views Literary Awards 2018-9.
When the top american diplomat in Tokyo, Bernard Mattson, is killed, he leaves more than a lifetime of successful Japan-American negotiations.
Shadows of Tokyo Reiko Watanabe / Inspector Aizawa Book 1Black Mist Books #ad - Together with his allies in the Imperial Army, Ryusaki plans to overthrow the civilian government and establish a military dictatorship. Torn between honor and duty, reiko and Inspector Aizawa must forge an unlikely alliance in order to stay one step ahead of Ryusaki and a fanatical Army officer. All the while, they uncover a shadowy conspiracy that reaches into the upper echelons of government, international finance, and even around the Imperial Throne itself.
Set during the intersection of the japanese invasion of Manchuria and the Great Depression, Shadows of Tokyo brings the turbulent and dangerous world of prewar Japan to vivid life. Shadows of tokyo is the first book in a noir historical thriller series set in pre-World War II Japan. Shadows of tokyo" portrays the somber zeitgeist of Japan's capital in 1931, where rightist assassins armed with swords, handguns and bombs stalk key political and business figures.
Shadows of Tokyo Reiko Watanabe / Inspector Aizawa Book 1 #ad - The japan times"Legare's story reflects conscientious research into historic detail. The japan times"five star reviewers Have It Right: This Series Sizzles" --Amazon Review. The secret informant is Reiko Watanabe, geisha mistress to the plot’s mastermind. Headstrong and outspoken, the american-educated descendant of samurai, Reiko prefers a “modern” life to being a geisha and is horrified that her lover, Masaru Ryusaki, has become a fascist firebrand.
Tokyo, december 1931as japan expands its empire in China and unemployment ravages the economy, Police Inspector Kenji Aizawa receives an anonymous call about the imminent assassination of a leading statesman.
Smoke Over Tokyo Reiko Watanabe / Inspector Aizawa Book 2Black Mist Books #ad - A prominent politician mysteriously commits suicide while dining with Chizuru Okamura, the daughter of a yakuza crime family. Tokyo, scandals, may 1932Japan is still plagued by economic depression, and assassinations. Using bribery and deceit, chizuru is poised to take over the government, while Katsuro seeks to launch a coup d’état and install a military dictatorship.
As they enter the dark underworld of 1932 tokyo, filled with danger and intrigue, Reiko Watanabe and Inspector Aizawa soon find themselves fighting for their lives and the future of their city. Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Maltese Falcon. Mj lee, author of the inspector danilov series and Where The Truth Lies"This is a Japanese answer to Bernie Gunther.
Smoke Over Tokyo Reiko Watanabe / Inspector Aizawa Book 2 #ad - Goodreads Review. Leading the investigation, reiko watanabe, Police Inspector Aizawa tasks his geisha spy, to go undercover into the world of the dreaded Okamura Gang. Reiko soon finds herself at the center of a power struggle between Chizuru and her brother, Lieutenant Katsuro Okamura, for control of the gang.
As they try and thwart both schemes, opium dens, and assassination, corruption, Reiko and Inspector Aizawa must untangle a web of conspiracies involving the Army Secret Service, Charlie Chaplin, while all Japan hangs in the balance. Merging historical fact with fiction, Smoke Over Tokyo is the second installment of the Reiko Watanabe/Inspector Aizawa series.
Beauty and Chaos: Slices and Morsels of Tokyo LifeRaked Gravel Press #ad - He teaches american literature and Culture at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo and after class wanders Tokyo contemplating its intensity. It is a wonder!” chunichi shimbun newspaper “Giving up the bias and seeing the city with completely different standards, you will see the unexpected, attractive face of Tokyo.
He has appeared on nhk and Nippon Television and runs his own website, Jazz in Japan www. Jazzinjapan. Com. Praise for beauty and chaos“japanese who are used to Tokyo are caught off guard by his conclusions derived from careful observation, and are struck dumb. Tokyo, the city we are so careless of, suddenly starts to become glorious.
Tokyo--city of contradictions? yes and no! the largest city in the world teems with chaotic energy and serene, human-scale beautyWant to know the real city? Writing about Tokyo for over 15 years, essayist and professor Michael Pronko opens up Tokyo life and reveals what’s beneath the gleaming, puzzling exterior of the biggest city in the world.
. Essay topics include:waiting to blossom cherry tree mapsthe shout of English T-Shirts Hanging MenusInside the Smallest PlacesStanding LibrariesIf you’re traveling to Tokyo, these essays enlarge the significance and illuminate the contradictions of this fast-paced megalopolis. Part travelogue, and all creative essay, part comparative culture, Beauty and Chaos taps the mysteries of Tokyo and lets the meanings flow.
Beauty and Chaos: Slices and Morsels of Tokyo Life #ad - Pronko writes about japanese culture, architecture and politics for Newsweek Japan, jazz, art, The Japan Times, society, Artscape Japan, as well as other venues. Whether contemplating tokyo’s odd-shaped bonsai houses, pachinko parlors, endless walls of bottles, chopstick ballet or the perilous habit of running for trains, the 45 essays in Beauty and Chaos explore Tokyo from inside to reveal the city’s deeper meanings and daily pleasures.
Tokyo's Mystery Deepens: Essays on TokyoRaked Gravel Press #ad - Praise for his first collection of essays, Beauty and Chaos:“Japanese who are used to Tokyo are caught off guard by his conclusions derived from careful observation, and are struck dumb. Is tokyo unknowable? mysterious? confusing? not in these essays! The biggest city in the world just became clearer!Writing about Tokyo for over 15 years, essayist and professor Michael Pronko unlocks the doors to Tokyo life.
It is a wonder!” chunichi shimbun newspaper “Giving up the bias and seeing the city with completely different standards, you will see the unexpected, attractive face of Tokyo. He teaches american literature and Culture at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo and after class wanders Tokyo contemplating its intensity.
Tokyo's Mystery Deepens: Essays on Tokyo #ad - This book is a guide for rediscovering Tokyo that lets us see the city with unique new features. Nikkan gendai newspaper japanese version available from kadokawa publishers as: トーキョーの謎は今日も深まる マイケル・プロンコ Scroll up and grab a copy today. Pronko’s essays muse over the minutest of details, everything from window flowers to moments of eye contact to the gestures needed to navigate crowded spaces.
If you’re traveling to tokyo, living there or just thinking of going, these essays point you toward the rich byways and fascinating undercurrents of Tokyo life. Essay topics include:compact lifetokyo exhaustionthe lunch RitualMothers and DaughtersTokyo DoubledAs in his first collection of essays, Beauty and Chaos, Pronko examines Tokyo as a city, a culture and an overpowering experience.
These 48 essays reveal what’s hidden behind the gleaming exteriors and unconcerned faces in the largest, most crowded city in the world.
Shanghai Twilight: A Noir ThrillerBlack Mist Books #ad - But when shanghai's crime syndicate - the infamous Green Gang - accuses Tom of being a Japanese spy, he's given just forty-eight hours to prove his innocence or face a gruesome death. Scouring glitzy and decadent shanghai, Tom uncovers evidence suggesting that his best friend – an American Consulate officer – is the real spy.
Shanghai, january 1932as tensions between Japan and China reach a boiling point, Chinese-American expat Tom Lai has troubles of his own. A successful nightclub owner and supporter of the Chinese Nationalist Party, he's about to start a new life with his mistress, the glamorous Mei-chen. But in the netherworld of espionage, he's unsure what to believe anymore.
Shanghai Twilight: A Noir Thriller #ad - However, japanese agent provocateurs, and a sadistic Chinese gangster, he'll also have to avoid corrupt cops, while a full-scale war threatens to engulf the entire city. Shanghai twilight is a fast-paced noir thriller, about a man and a city, both running out of time. A stunning achievement of a gripping, frightening battle of nations, fast-paced thriller within a larger, "Shanghai Twilight" kept me guessing to the end.
Alexa kang, author of the shanghai Story Trilogy and the Rose of Anzio series"An exciting story and worth reading. Ds kane, author the spies lie Series"A gripping noir evocation of Shanghai in the age of joy, gin and jazz. Mj lee, author of the inspector Danilov series and Where The Truth Lies. Tom will have to rely on an ally in the Chinese Army, his personal bodyguard, and Mei-chen to clear his name and survive.
The Silent Dead: A Mystery Lieutenant Himekawa Book 1Minotaur Books #ad - The only possible clue is a long shot lead to a website spoken only in whispers on the Internet, something on the dark web known as "Strawberry Night. But while she is hunting the killer, the killer is hunting her. Despite barriers created by age, gender, and lack of connections, she is mentally tough, oblivious to danger, and has an impressive ability to solve crimes.
Reiko makes a discovery that leads the police to uncover eleven other bodies, all wrapped in the same sort of plastic. When a body wrapped in a blue plastic tarp and tied up with twine is discovered near the bushes near a quiet suburban Tokyo neighborhood, Lt. Few of the bodies are identifiable, but the ones that are have no connection to each other.
The Silent Dead: A Mystery Lieutenant Himekawa Book 1 #ad - And she may very well have been marked as the next victim. The victim was slaughtered brutally-his wounds are bizarre, and no one can figure out the "what" or the "why" of this crime. At age twenty-nine, reiko himekawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police's Homicide Division is young to have been made lieutenant, particularly because she lacks any kind of political or family connections.
Reiko himekawa and her squad take the case.
Motions and Moments: More Essays on TokyoRaked Gravel Press #ad - Pronko takes the sweeping size, bustle, and personal, introspective, and chaos of Tokyo and makes it small, ” Independent Publisher. Gold award readers’ favorite non-fiction cultural 2016gold award global e-book awards travel writing 2016gold award non-fiction author’s Association 2016Gold Honoree Benjamin Franklin Digital IBPA 2016Winner Best Indie Book Award Non-Fiction 2016Indie Groundbreaking Book Independent Publisher Book Review 2016Motions and Moments is the third book by Michael Pronko on life in the biggest city in the world.
Based on two decades living, the author examines how Tokyoites work, dress, teaching and writing in Tokyo, commute, eat and sleep with an eye for detail and a passion for the city. As in his first two books, the pieces capture the ceaseless flow and passing mini-dramas of the city with gentle humor and rich detail.
Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo #ad - These memoir-like writings delve into the vibrancy and fluidity of Tokyo and ponder what it all means with delight and perception. For more information, go to: www. Michaelpronko. Com. The writing is steeped in the city’s perpetual energy and filled with insights into the engaging, intricate life in one of the most dynamic places in the world.
Included are topics about living in small spaces, learning to love crowds, dealing with Tokyo’s uncertainties and surviving the earthquake.
Inspector Imanishi Investigates Soho CrimeSoho Crime #ad - Why did a young woman scatter pieces of white paper out of the window of a train? why did a bar girl leave for home right after Imanishi spoke to her? Why did an actor, on the verge of telling Imanishi something important, drop dead of a heart attack? What can a group of nouveau young artists possibly have to do with the murder of a quiet and “saintly” provincial old ex-policemen? Inspector Imanishi investigates.
Only two clues surface: an old man, overheard talking in a distinctive accent to a young man, and the word “kameda. Inspector imanishi leaves his beloved bonsai and his haiku and goes off to investigate—and runs up against a blank wall. In the wee hours of a 1960s tokyo morning, a dead body is found under the rails of a train, and the victim's face is so badly damaged that police have a hard time figuring out the victim’s identity.
Inspector Imanishi Investigates Soho Crime #ad - . Months pass in fruitless questioning, in following up leads, until the case is closed, unsolved. But imanishi is dissatisfied, and a series of coincidences lead him back to the case.
Stasi Vice: An East German crime novel Reim Book 1OV Press #ad - But when reim starts his interrogations, he realises his boss is hiding more than just a lover. Lieutenant reim begins to investigate his superior—and what he uncovers puts his own life at risk. Cracking ddr crime from the author of the East Berlin Series. Lean on a few people to get them to shut up. It should be a straightforward job.
Intimidate neighbours, bribe officials and appeal to the socialist conscience of Party members. For lieutenant reim of the stasi, life in the GDR is a satisfying blend of days behind a desk and nights in front of a bottle. But when a senior officer has a messy affair, it falls to Reim to do the clearing up.