The Last Train by Michael Pronko

This is a very interesting mystery. I learned things about Japan that I never knew. I liked Detective Hiroshi. He was a great character. This had many twists and turns. It was hard not to like the bad guy in this book also. I hope to read more books in this series. I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white collar crime inTokyo. He’s lost his girlfriend and still dreams of his time studying inAmerica, but with a stable job, his own office and a half-empty apartment, he’ssettled in. 
When an American businessman turns up dead, his mentorTakamatsu calls him out to the site of a grisly murder. A glimpse from asecurity camera video suggests the killer was a woman, but in Japan, that seemsunlikely. Hiroshi quickly learns how close homicide and suicide can appear in acity full of high-speed trains just a step–or a push–away. 


Takamatsu drags Hiroshi out to the hostess clubs andskyscraper offices of Tokyo in search of the killer. She’s trying to escape Japanfor a new life by playing a high-stakes game of insider information. To findher, Hiroshi goes deeper and deeper into Tokyo’s intricate, ominous market forbuying and selling the most expensive land in the world.  

When Takamatsu inexplicably disappears, Hiroshi teams upwith ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi. They scour Tokyo’s sacred temples, corporateoffices and industrial wastelands to find out where Takamatsu went, and why onewoman would be driven to murder when she seems to have it all. 

 After years in America and lost in neat, clean spreadsheets,Hiroshi confronts the stark realities of the biggest city in the world, where insideinformation can travel in a flash from the top investment firms to the bottomof the working world, where street-level punks and teenage hostesses sell theirsouls for a small cut of highly lucrative land deals. 
Hiroshi’s determined to cut through Japan’s ambiguities–anddangers–to find the murdering ex-hostess before she extracts her finalrevenge–which just might be him.


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