From Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park and Havana
Bay, comes another audacious novel of exotic locales, intimate
intrigues, and the mysteries of the human heart: December 6.
Set in the crazed, nationalistic Tokyo of late 1941, December 6 explores
the coming world war through the other end of history’s prism—a prism held here
by an unforgettable rogue and lover, Harry Niles.
In many ways, Niles is as American as apple pie: raised by
ultra-protective missionary parents, taught to honor and respect his elders and
be an upright Christian citizen. But Niles is also Japanese: reared in the
aesthetics of Shinto and educated in the dance halls and back room poker
gatherings of Tokyo’s shady underworld. As a gaijin, a foreigner—especially one
with a gift for the artful scam—he draws suspicion and disfavor from Japanese
police. This potent mixture of stiff tradition and intrigue—not to mention his
brazen love affair with a Japanese mistress who would rather kill Harry than
lose him—fills Harry’s final days in Tokyo with suspense and fear. Who is he
really working for? Is he a spy? For America? For the Emperor?
Now, on the eve of
Pearl Harbor, Harry himself must decide where his true allegiances lie. Suspenseful,
exciting, and replete with detailed research Martin Cruz Smith brings to all
his novels, December 6 is a triumph of imagination, history,
and storytelling melded into a magnificent whole. Download and start listening now!