December 6 Audio CD
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"The Denver Post""[December 6]" packs plenty of suspense....A page-turning thriller....A solid piece of entertainment and an undeniably brilliant display of the author's literary genius. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Martin Cruz Smith s novels include "Gorky Park", "Stallion Gate", "Polar Star", "Stalin s Ghost", "Rose", "December 6", and "Tatiana". He is a two-time winner of the Hammett Prize, a recipient of Britain s Golden Dagger Award, and a winner of the Premio Piemonte Giallo Internazionale. He lives in California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Smith presents a story deeply researched and fluently expressed. There's never a dull moment, even during the flashbacks to Harry's youth. He becomes a hustler early, attracted to the "floating world" of Tokyo's theatre, art and gambling circles. These many facets of underworld life gain him entrance to a wide cross-section of a society distrustful of "gaijins" - foreign barbarians. Harry encounters Tojo, plays poker with Yamamoto, watches the con of a scientist looking for military support, and money. On the other hand, there's the nagging sensation that Harry has another agenda. He has suffered much at the hands of Japanese, and will endure more if war comes. He tries to maintain his "cool" even at the expense of dignity.
The modern "thriller" is only mildly concerned with characterisation or even plot. Harry becomes Cruz Smith's vehicle for showing off his research. That's not a fault, but the unprepared reader can be overwhelmed.Read more ›
While DECEMBER 6 does not live up to GORKY PARK, and while Harry Niles is no match for Arkady Renko, Martin Cruz Smith's latest effort is stamped with his distinctive use of details. His prose is clean and reflective, never coarse or unfinished or abrasive. The plot is not linear but rather slips back and forth, weaving time, place, and characters into a novel that some will find confusing, others beautiful.
Me, I ended up somewhere between confused and awed. Smith's touch is magic, but the sheer volume of research included in DECEMBER 6 made it at times read more like a school paper than a novel. One paragraph, which detailed some gruesome beheadings, managed to stretch more than two pages. Plus, during some points Harry Niles came across as unemotional and detached, although I was aware of churning undercurrents. The dialogue disappointed me as well. Still, I felt the ending was a fitting finale to an intriguing story of love, violence, and politics.
A newcomer to Smith's writing may be overwhelmed by this fact packed thriller, but Smith's fans, as well as anyone interested in wartime Japan, will find DECEMBER 6 absorbing and thought provoking.
But equally strong memories must exist among Japanese who were in Japan at the time, as their nation was in the process of starting the great Pacific war. Martin Cruz Smith does something that's almost impossible. He takes us to the Tokyo of December 6, 1941 and lets us perceive what was going on in the minds of the Japanese as their Imperial expansion began its final, unsuccessful phase. Even more remarkable, he creates a character who's part American (by birth, tradition and family heritage) and part Japanese (by experience, friendship and preference).
Inevitably, readers will be reminded of Casablanca's Rick waiting in Paris as the Nazis march in, planning to catch the last train with his new love. But our Harry is planning to get on the last plane out instead, and alone. He's got some complications to deal with . . . including an angry mistress who doesn't want to be left behind, the Japanese authorities looking into irregularities, a samurai with a grudge, and criminal interests on the look out for themselves. Like Rick, he's a saloonkeeper with an eye to the main chance . . . as well as a keen sense of survival. You'll see a seamier side of Tokyo than most tourists did, so the book is not for those with delicate tastes.
You probably won't read a book this year that will shift your orientation as much as this one. The story's fascinating, the culture's strange but attractive, and the moment will be burned in your mind . . .Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great author but would just point out that December 6th is the American version of Tokyo Station. (I've just bought both)Published on 6 Jun. 2012 by CeeJay
Toyko Station is the UK version of December 6.
December 6 is the US version of Tokyo Station.
They are completely identical.
I never knew much about pre-war Japan - if I thought about it at all I had a confused view of a backward country populated with mindless automatons - this book just made me see how... Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2010 by pikeman
I nearly bought this book till I realised I already owned it under the title TOKYO STATION why is the same book being sold under 2 different titles. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2010 by Ja Nicolson
The days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor form the basis of this thriller focused on an American who lived in Japan from birth to his late teens, then returned ten... Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2007 by Mary Whipple
As another review points out, Harry Niles, can be compared to Rick. Another influence might possibly be the true story of Richard Sorge, the Russian spy, who lived in Tokyo and... Read morePublished on 10 July 2007 by Kasablanka