Win Copies of Six Four and Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama

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We have several copies to give away to lucky SeeJapan readers of Hideo Yokoyama’s bestselling novel Six Four and forthcoming novel Seventeen.

Six Four_frontPublished in 2016, Hideo Yokoyama’s first English-language novel Six Four soon became a million-selling Japanese crime sensation.

The novel tells the tale of press officer Mikami Yoshinobu, former detective, now reluctantly appointed as chief press officer at a police headquarters in a region of Japan known only as "Prefecture D". Mikami comes up against the complexities and effects of internal power struggles at the police station as he investigates the unsolved case of the kidnapping and death of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl over a decade ago.

Yokoyama’s sixth novel and his first to be published in English, Six Four became the first Japanese novel to be shortlisted for the 2016 CWA International Dagger, has been named in the yearly crime and thrillers roundups of the Guardian, Telegraph, Financial Times and New York Times, and the hardback edition was a top ten bestseller in the UK. It has sold over 1.3 million copies in Japan and been translated into thirteen languages worldwide.

Combining an impossible mystery with percolating tension and a shattering denouement, Six Four provides an eye-opening insight into the workings of the Japanese police and press, in a way that no other fiction books has previously achieved.

Soon to be published in early February, Seventeen is Yokoyama’s eagerly awaited second novel to be published in English. An investigative thriller set amid the aftermath of an air disaster, it centres around a real-life incident in 1985, at the time of which Yokoyama was working as a journalist at a newspaper north of Tokyo. In the novel, newspaper reporter Kazumasa Yuuki reflects on the events following the air disaster seventeen years later as he attempts to fulfil a promise he made that week - one that holds the key to its final, unsolved mystery.
Possessing all the patience and pulsating tension of Six Four, as well as Yokoyama’s characteristically forensic examination of company dynamics and office infighting, Seventeen offers deep cultural insights into Japan’s handling of an international news story and its response to an unprecedented national disaster. It has been made into a TV drama (2005) and film (2008) in Japan, and book, TV drama and film have all won multiple awards.
Intrigued by Yokoyama’s heady mix of thoughtful protagonists, intricate office power struggles, and shocking unsolved mysteries? Read on to get a snapshot of the action that unfolds in Six Four and Seventeen...


Six Four: the Bestselling Japanese Crime Sensation

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Six Four.
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 Japan public listened to the police’s apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became as ‘Six Four’. They would never forgive the authorities 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.
Currently, fans of Yokoyama - or just Japanese mystery, crime or thriller novels in general - can pick up a copy of Six Four from WH Smith for just £6.29 or from Amazon for £6.99

Praise for Six Four

‘A huge hit in Japan and it’s easy to see why… steadily gathers menace and power until it becomes addictive.’ - The Times

‘Not only is Six Four an addictive read, it is an education about Japan, its police and its society, and simply one of the best crime novels I have ever read.’ - David Peace

‘The plot would grip in any language… not just a police procedural but a guide book to Japan… There’s much talk these days of binge viewing; here is a binge read.’ - Guardian

Seventeen: a Powerful New Thriller from Hideo Yokoyama

1985. Kazumasa Yuuki, a seasoned reporter at the North Kanto Times, runs a daily gauntlet against the power struggles and office politics that plague its newsroom. But when an air disaster of unprecedented scale occurs on the paper’s doorstep, its staff are united by an unimaginable horror, and a once-in-a-lifetime scoop.

2002. Seventeen years later, Yuuki remembers the adrenaline-fuelled, emotionally-charged seven days that changed his and his colleagues’ lives. He does so while making good on a promise he made that fateful week - one that holds the key to its last unsolved mystery, and represents Yuuki’s final, unconquered fear.

Praise for Seventeen

‘Yokoyama’s successor to the mesmeric Six Four is every bit as ambitious and compelling. Reinventing the genre of the investigative thriller to create something rich and strange.’ - Barry Forshaw

‘Yokoyama possesses that elusive trait of a first-rate novelist: the ability to grab readers’ interest and never let go.’ - Washington Post

‘Very different... to almost anything out there.’ - Observer

Win a Set of Six Four and Seventeen

 Loved Six Four and want more Yokoyama? Then you’ll be itching to get your hands on a copy of Seventeen, coming in early February 2018. We have several copies of Six Four and Seventeen to give away to lucky SeeJapan readers!

To enter, all you have to do is email and tell us your name and address and the name of your favourite fictional detective - whether Japanese or otherwise. We will randomly select the winner on 25th January, and post the books early the following week. Each winner will receive one copy of Six Four and one copy of Seventeen (both books are paperback). Good luck! 

About the Author

Born in 1957, Hideo Yokoyama worked for twelve years as an investigative reporter at Jomo Shimbun, a regional newspaper north of Tokyo, before becoming one of Japan’s most acclaimed fiction writers. Six Four and Seventeen are his sixth and seventh novels, and his first and second to be published in the English language, respectively.

Six Four has been translated from Japanese into English by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies, while Seventeen has been translated by Louise Heal Kawai.

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