Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white collar crime in Tokyo. He’s lost his girlfriend and still dreams of his time studying in America, but with a stable job, his own office and a half-empty apartment, he’s settled in.
When an American businessman turns up dead, his mentor Takamatsu calls him out to the site of a grisly murder. A glimpse from a security camera video suggests the killer was a woman, but in Japan, that seems unlikely. Hiroshi quickly learns how close homicide and suicide can appear in a city full of high-speed trains just a step—or a push—away.
Takamatsu drags Hiroshi out to the hostess clubs and skyscraper offices of Tokyo in search of the killer. She’s trying to escape Japan for a new life by playing a high-stakes game of insider information. To find her, Hiroshi goes deeper and deeper into Tokyo’s intricate, ominous market for buying and selling the most expensive land in the world.
When Takamatsu inexplicably disappears, Hiroshi teams up with ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi. They scour Tokyo’s sacred temples, corporate offices and industrial wastelands to find out where Takamatsu went, and why one woman 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 inside information can travel in a flash from the top investment firms to the bottom of the working world, where street-level punks and teenage hostesses sell their souls for a small cut of highly lucrative land deals.
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.
THE LAST TRAIN is the gripping new Tokyo-based mystery by multi-award-winning author Michael Pronko
Praise for Pronko’s essays on Tokyo life:
Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo
Beauty and Chaos: Slices and Morsels of Tokyo Life
Tokyo’s Mystery Deepens: Essays on Tokyo
“An elegantly written, precisely observed portrait of a Japanese city and its culture.” Kirkus Reviews
“…a rare glimpse of the structure and nature of Tokyo’s underlying psyche.” Midwest Book Review
“…an insightful author capable of seeing a deeper beauty in everything he writes.” SPR Review
“…brought me closer and closer to an appreciation of the complex and complicated place Tokyo is.” Reader’s Favorite
“An insider’s view of what life is really like in this pulsing, densely populated Asian metropolis.” Luxury Reading Blog
Awards for the essay collections
Gold Award Readers’ Favorite
Gold Award Global E-Book Awards
Gold Award Non-Fiction Authors Association
Gold Honoree Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards
Gold Award eLit Awards 2015
More at: www.michaelpronko.com
Next in the Hiroshi series:
Thai Girl in Tokyo.