- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: riverrun; 01 edition (28 Oct. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848665288
- ISBN-13: 978-1848665286
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Six Four Paperback – 28 Oct 2016
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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)
A classic plot about a decent cop painstakingly uncovering corruption suddenly turns into one of the most remarkable revenge dramas in modern detective fiction. (Sunday Times)
It's very different, in tone, narrative and style, from almost anything out there . . . the twist and the pay-off are worth the wait. (Observer)
A huge hit in Japan and it's easy to see why . . . steadily gathers menace and power until it becomes addictive. (The Times)
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)
Slow building, meticulous in its insistence on unfolding all the procedural elements of a Japanese crime investigation and its political ramifications, this is a novel that insidiously grows on you until you are fully captive of its narrative flow and can't put it down. (Maxim Jakubowski)
Six Four gives back in abundance everything that the reader is prepared to give . . . demonstrating that crime fiction can be freighted with the weight and authority of serious literature. (Independent)
An astonishing book, poetically translated, containing one of the most complex central characters in crime fiction. Sometimes publishing sensations exceed expectations; Six Four deserves its success - past, present and future. (Crime Scene)
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Sadly, it's not enough to make up for this long, dull, bureaucratic book.
I now understand, better than I probably need or want, what it's like to be the Press Director of a Japanese county.
I feel like I've been in a very long meeting about it, and had the same things explained over & over again.
I can see the novelty of cops battling themselves and their own bureaucracy, but actually, I prefer the cops vs villains thing.
Plot lines are examined in detail, then discarded.
And - I know this is my fault - but all the names look too similar. I found myself having to go back to tell me Akawa from my Araikada and the Akaida. Though I accept that's my problem.
Much less enjoyable than the reviews and hype suggest.
And over SIX HUNDRED damn pages! Midnight's Children deserved that length, that's it. This is sadism. How many pages of "Suwa needs to speak to Akaiwa about this" local paper anger could have been cut? (A lot.)
I'm tired again ....
On the positive side: The Japanese cultural idiosyncrasies are interesting. It does a good job of describing the indirect, reading-between-the-lines diplomacy common in Asian culture and the underlying factors behind it. I feel I have learnt something.
However, I feel misled by the reviewers and accolades this book has received. There are no great twists, it is not “addictive” in the slightest, and it is not “one of the best crime novels”. Disappointing.
There was a lot of information about the main character's career and how he felt about it. There was also the conflict between the police and the press. This gives the book a lot of depth, but perhaps there is too much - for me anyway.
I was somewhat confused by the fact that there are two missing daughters, one from fourteen years ago and a presently missing one. I thought the story was going to be a retrospective or something like that, but it wasn't. I was also confused by some of the names, and had to keep flicking back to see who people were, especially as some names were so similar to one another.
This is how I saw the book, and perhaps another person might see more in it than I did.
I always love a good police procedural and was interested to read such a popular novel, set in a culture I know nothing about. The novel is definitely a police procedural but not in our traditional way - it is not the story of a crime and the ensuing investigation. There is a 14 year old unsolved crime, the Six Four of the title but it hangs around in the background for most of the novel with its repercussions shaping the novel. In the 64th year of Emperor Hirohito's reign (Showa), hence the case's unofficial title, six four, 7 year old Shoko Amamiya is kidnapped. Her parents pay the ransom and it is collected but Shoko is found dead and the murderer escapes justice. The novel concentrates on Mikami, the Press Director of Prefecture D and his problems. As a former detective he chafes at his transfer to administration and is facing a rebellion from the Press Club over police's refusal to name the driver in a traffic accident. He knows he's not putting his full effort into the job but his mind is on his daughter who ran away a few months before. It all comes to a head when the press threaten to boycott the Police Commissioner's visit to pep up the Six Four investigation before the statute of limitations precludes prosecution. Mikami thinks there is more to it all than a simple visit and starts trying to get to the bottom of it all.
Six Four is a long, complicated read with many characters, much intrigue and above all internal police politics and I found it utterly compulsive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very dull read.Felt I had been misled by the description.Wish I had not bothered.Published 4 days ago by Kindle Customer
I was persuaded by other reviews to keep going with this story and wish I hadn't. It is about 3 times as long as it needs to be and, unless you have an obsession with the inner... Read morePublished 4 days ago by P. Power
Whilst at times confusing (mainly due to the number of characters & unfamiliar names) overall I enjoyed this book immensely. Read morePublished 7 days ago by A McElroy
I found this an interesting and quirky read - certainly a bit different as a thriller because of the Japanese slant. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Iris Marle
Japanese Police PR Officer Mikami copes with outraged reporters and conniving superiors over a child's murder, in spite of a hierarchical structure based on rank and claustrophobic... Read morePublished 18 days ago by John McAllister
As other reviewers have suggested, this book requires a lot of patience as it's long and meandering. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Hannah Dray
A long turgid & verbose piece of writing. The length is not the problem just the content & style. I will not describe the storyline as this is very well covered by other... Read morePublished 21 days ago by charlesowen
Fascinating insight into behind-the-scenes intrigue in an unnamed Japanese police force. I was disappointed that the author chose to hide the true location - real names would have... Read morePublished 22 days ago by David J. Boggis
This is a long read - and needs a lot of concentration to keep abreast of the large cast of characters with similar (in English translation) names and unfamiliar career ranks and... Read morePublished 23 days ago by ruth fitzgerald
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