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Her troubled female protagonist in Tokyo is Grey, haunting the thronging streets of Tokyo in search of an elusive piece of film recording the infamous Nanking massacre of 1937. But did the film ever exist? The past is a touchy subject for Grey, with incidents in her own life that she has not yet come to terms with. She ill-advisedly becomes a hostess in a nightclub where the clientele is a tad unsavoury (another example of Hayder utilising real-life crime for her plots, with the echoes of a recent murder case). And Grey finds a lead to her quest: a taciturn survivor of the massacre who is now an academic, with no time for the woman pestering him. But Grey makes progress with him--until she encounters a powerful Godfather figure and his violent associates, with a clandestine source for his well-being a much sought-after elixir. Soon, Grey's life becomes two things: very complicated and a place of considerable danger.
The change of locale for Mo Hayder here has ensured that the imaginative energy of her earlier books is consolidated, as is the rejection of the now hackneyed serial killer plot. Atmosphere is brilliantly sustained, set pieces are pulse-racing, and (most satisfying of all) Grey is a truly complex and damaged heroine, the perfect conduit for the reader through this dark world. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
As the story switches between present day and the past (1937), a sense of dread and horror steadily builds. Read morePublished 23 days ago by RinkyDinky
A well written thriller, well researched. Definitely recommend, but is Tokyo under a different headingPublished 2 months ago by Jacqui
Just bought a book I already had! Thanks for changing the title and making me waste money! Not impressed.Published 4 months ago by Charis Wakelin
I bought this book in a charity shop as 'Tokyo', but it's clearly been renamed - perhaps rightly. I understand the Devils of Nanjing is a US version. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reader 1616