The Last Train

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In Tokyo, murder’s easy to hide. Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white-collar crime in Tokyo. 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 might be a woman. 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. Hiroshi goes deeper and deeper into Tokyo’s intricate, perilous market for buying and selling the most expensive land in the world. He teams up with ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi to scour Tokyo’s sacred temples, corporate offices, and industrial wastelands to find out why one woman was driven to murder. 

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 insiders at top investment firms to street-level punks and teenage hostesses, everyone scrambling for their cut of Tokyo’s 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.

1 review for The Last Train

  1. Laura Rose

    This was my first experience with Michael Pronko’s work and I enjoyed it very much. This story is about a detective named Hiroshi Shimizu, who is called out to aid the investigation of the death of an American businessman, because he can speak English well. The story has several twists and turns during Hiroshi Shimizu’s investigation of the crime ending in a thrilling conclusion. I recommend this story for those who like this genre and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. Peter Berkrot’s narration is outstanding as he delivers his oration. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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