cover image Occupied City

Occupied City

David Peace, read by Alton Takiyama-Chung, Daisuke Tsuji, Justine Eyre, Bronson Pinchot, Lorna Raver, and Stefan Rudnicki, Blackstone Audio, unabridged, 10 CDs, 12.5 hrs., $29.95 ISBN 978-1-4417-5482-0

If ever a book demanded a full cast audio enactment, it would be this unconventional novel based on an infamous real event: the 1948 fatal poisoning of 12 people in a Tokyo bank. In this second book in Peace's Tokyo trilogy, Peace explores the aftermath, as described by an assortment of involved narrators, including a journalist who falls in love with one of the survivors; a police investigator driven mad by his hatred of Americans; a woman who feels guilty for having survived the event; the prime suspect, who concludes that all men are guilty of something; and the unknown killer himself. The talented cast assembled for this remarkable production creates an emotional dramatic ensemble performance that is at times poetic, mesmerizing, eloquent, brutal, mournful, touched by madness, and never less than fascinating. A Knopf hardcover. (Sept.)