Dark, interesting and disturbing. This is almost a noir thriller rather than a traditional thriller. The protagonist is very western and when he finds himself in Tokyo without any money he is quickly drawn – rather naively – into the dark underbelly of Tokyo’s criminal world. The author uses Japanese kanji to help give the reader a sense of the alienness of Japanese culture for many of us in our comfortable European and American worlds.
It’s a fast paced book and is suitably dark often with some disturbingly violent scenes. The exploration of the protagonist’s life and thoughts through the restrictions of Japanese culture and his sudden freedom from those restrictions, make the story an interesting analysis of how people are created by the actions and cultures of those around them.