Six Four

Hideo Yokoyama, trans. from the Japanese by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27 (576p) ISBN 978-0-374-26551-9
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.)
Reviewed on: 12/05/2016
Release date: 02/07/2017
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