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    Mo Hayder(Author) Josephine Bailey(Narrator) Simon Vance(Narrator)
Student Grey Hutchins comes to Tokyo seeking answers to what happened during the notorious Nanking Massacre in which, in one city, the Imperial Japanese Army killed up to 300,000 civilians. Only one man can help her, a survivor of the Massacre, and now a visiting professor at the prestigious university of Todai in Tokyo; a man who is rumoured to possess documentary evidence of Nanking. But first Grey must gain his trust. Increasingly desperate and alone, she accepts a job as a hostess at the 'Some Like It Hot' club, an upmarket nightspot catering for Japanese businessmen and wealthy gangsters. One gangster dominates - an old man in a wheelchair guarded by a nurse with sharpened teeth -said to rely on a powerful elixir for his continued wealth and well-being; It is an elixir which other members of the club want for themselves - at any price -

Tokyo is another of Mo Hayder's deliciously chilling criminal outings, but probably won't produce the frisson of disapproval that such novels as Birdman and The Treatment did. The days are gone when Hayder was identified as one of a cadre of women writers who did something totally unacceptable: produce grisly crime novels quite as unsettling as the products of male imagination. People seem to have finally accepted that the tough crime novel needn't be an exclusively male preserve.

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  • By Jack on 6 May 2009

    I've given Mo Hayder some stick. Her first book Birdman was great if unsettling by the gore, her second The treatment was horrifying and upsetting and in my opinion well into the depths of unacceptable thriller writing in terms of plot, but this is bang on the money.It did take me over 2 weeks to finish it mind, it doesnt hook you immediately. There is a parallel tale of the past running all the way through the book that i found a little irksome, but the present day action is very well written. The seedy underworld of Tokyo is described brilliantly and the creepy Yakuza gang and especially "The nurse" are all creepy as hell.Mo does give us again a very damaged central character and obvisouly sex is a big part of her story. This seems to be a constant thread of her books - damaged sexual storyline and in this book it is acceptably written - by that i mean, it isnt as raw or upsetting as her previous books.Once you are over a quater of the way in, it hooks you and i finished the rest in a day - you need to persist with it as it is a great thriller.I read this last - ive just finished Ritual and Skin and i thought they wer both shockingly bad. Dont know what happened to her, she seemed to explode on the scene with the rawness of her tales - upset a lof of people with her storylines, then dampened it down with Tokyo (her best novel) and then recently with Skin and Ritual, its just all so confused... I havent even finished Skin as its so poor.But this is a great read - lets hops she can reporoduce this excellent scale of storytelling again!

  • By Guest on 1 September 2017

    Had devil of Nanking in Paperback, now Tokyo in Hardback. First started reading books by this author in "The Birdman annd The Treatment"

  • By Vicki on 5 June 2017

    The ending was disappointing

  • By Guest on 22 June 2017

    very poor book not up to mo hayder if this had been my frist book by MO would not have read any more

  • By Guest on 28 August 2017

    Very good story, gripping

  • By Guest on 14 June 2017

    As expected

  • By Thanagma (likes books) on 6 July 2017

    A few people have recommended Mo Hayder, and this is the first of hers I've read - but it won't be the last.It is disturbing work of fiction, made more so by the fact that the Nanking attrocities it describes are based on real events.Grey arrives in Tokyo to try to find an old video of the Nanking massacre. It is well written, believable and unusual. It interested me from the start, but didn't grab me. It wasn't until towards the end that I was really gripped.The dual stories of modern-day and 1937 worked well together, and - while it is a crime / suspense type book - the power was more in the emotions of the violence than the violence itself.A really good read, and I will look out for more of Mo Hayder's books.

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