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Published by Riverrun, 21 March 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78648-463-5
A sudden strange out-of-character
refusal to move on the part of a legendary detective; an anonymous tip-off
about a station chief; a missing female officer; a wronged politicial planning
four tricksy stories, each about 50 pages, are set in the Administration
Department of Prefecture D Police Headquarters, and centre around the
all-important yearly transfers: who will retire, who achieve promotion, who
Season of Shadows we meet Futawari, the
conscientious clerk given the task of investigating why the legendary Osakabe
refuses to retire, and Cry of the Eearth
stars his underling, Shindo, who has to investigate an anonymous letter
accusing a too-longserving station chief of an affair with the mama-san of a brothel. Already fighting
prejudice at work, Section Chief Nanao, in charge of the female officers, finds
herself caught on the back foot when her best young officer doesn’t turn up for
work. Finally, Assistant Chief Tsuge, in charge ofAssembly Relations, finds out that one of the
Assemblymen intends to try to discredit the police with an unscheduled question
– how far must he go to discover what will it be? As well as a fascinating
glimpse of different aspects of Japan’s policing, these stories are filled with
cross and double cross, and each has the classic sting in the tail.
classic detection in an interestingly evoked background from one of Japan’s
finest crime writers.
Hideo Yokoyama was born in 1957. He 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. His first novel to be
translated into the English language, Six Four, was a Sunday Times bestseller
in hardback and paperback, became the first Japanese novel to be shortlisted
for the CWA International Dagger, was named in the Crime and Thrillers of 2016
roundups in each of the Guardian, Telegraph, Financial Times and Glasgow
Herald, and has since been translated into thirteen languages worldwide.
Marsali Taylor grew up near
Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a newly-qualified teacher. She is currently
a part-time teacher on Shetland's scenic west side, living with her husband and
two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a qualified STGA tourist-guide who is
fascinated by history, and has published plays in Shetland's distinctive
dialect, as well as a history of women's suffrage in Shetland. She's also a
keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own 8m yacht, and an active member of
her local drama group.Marsali also does
a regular monthly column for the Mystery People e-zine.