Tokyo’s Pensioner Hoods

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‘As an investigative journalist, trouble is my business,’ Jake Adelstein, a reporter based in Tokyo, tells us in a typically Chandler-esque self-assessment. It’s one of many lines in The Last Yakuza that seem lifted from old Hollywood noir films. The Last Yakuza is the follow-up to Adelstein’s Tokyo Vice (2009), a memoir of his stint […]

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December 2023/January 2024 Crime Round-up

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My Crime Novels of the Year The Translator by Harriet Crawley (Bitter Lemon Press). An elegant account of spying in modern Russia, featuring Foreign Office translator Clive Franklin and Marina Volina, a friend of his from years ago. The End of the Game by Holly Watt (Raven). Investigative journalist Casey Benedict worries about the ethics […]

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Murder, He Wrote

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The American crime writer James Ellroy, born Lee Earle Ellroy, chose his pen name because it was ‘simple, concise and dignified – things I am not’, a statement perhaps underscored by another name he likes being called, ‘Demon Dog’. We learn from Steven Powell’s sober new biography that an overseas publisher who wanted to translate Ellroy’s work (‘an almost unendurable wordstorm of perversity and

December 2022/January 2023 Crime Round-up

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My crime novels of the year The Skeleton Key by Erin Kelly (Hodder & Stoughton). A twisty, inventive psychological crime novel inspired by Kit Williams’s Masquerade, which invited readers to take part in a treasure hunt to find a buried golden hare. A Heart Full of Headstones by Ian Rankin (Orion). John Rebus has retired […]

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