Six four / Hideo Yokoyama ; translated from the Japanese by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies.

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    • Publication Information:
      First American edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no reader could predict. For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities for their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find. "-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      "Originally published in Japanese in 2012 by Bungeishunju, Tokyo, as Rokuyon (64)"--Title page verso.
      "English translation originally published in 2016 by Quercus Publishing Ltd., Great Britain"--Title page verso.
    • Other Titles:
      6 4.
      Rokuyon. English
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Booklist Reviews 2016 November #1

This is Yokoyama's sixth novel, the first to be published in English. Yokoyama, the "James Ellroy of Tokyo," is known for an exhaustive and relentless work ethic. He once brought on a heart attack by working nonstop for 72 hours. This intense drive is reflected in his extremely detailed style and carefully wrought characters. Six Four succeeds on several levels: as a police procedural, an incisive character study, and a cold-case mystery. However, this takes almost 600 pages to accomplish. A seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl was kidnapped in 1989, the kidnapper never identified, the girl never found. For years the police felt the disgrace of their botched investigation of case Six Four. Eager for promotion, Superintendent Yoshinobu Mikami has taken on a press-director position, although his heart is still in criminal investigation. When he uncovers an anomaly in the crime reports, he digs deeper, and it doesn't take long for him to realize that some doors are locked up tight for good reason. Recommended for libraries with a devoted international mystery following. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2016 September #2

A press officer with the Tokyo police looks into a notoriously botched kidnapping case dating from 1989, and what he finally discovers really twists the story around. Yokoyama's English-language debut is short-listed for the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2016 December #1

Japanese author Yokoyama makes his U.S. debut with a massive and complex police procedural set in 2003 in one of Japan's prefectures. Supt. Yoshinobu Mikami, who has been transferred from criminal investigations to media relations at Prefecture D Police Headquarters, must contend with unhappy members of the press who feel that the police are too selective in what they choose to share. The multilayered plot involves the unsolved kidnapping and murder of a seven-year-old girl 14 years before, physical confrontations between reporters and police, and the discordant relationships among various elements of the police force. Meanwhile, Mikami agonizes over his teenage daughter, Ayumi, who has been missing for weeks. American readers may have trouble following the bewildering conflicts and alliances, but they should gain a better understanding of a very different culture. This is a novel that requires and rewards close attention. The ending is oddly satisfying, though none of the underlying issues are truly resolved. (Feb.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.