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Author: Barry Lancet Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Jim Brodie Series Release Date: December 2013 ISBN: 9781442370173
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Best of Debut of the Year from Suspense Magazine

Winner of the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel

In this “sophisticated international thriller” (The New York Times Book Review), an American antiques-dealer-turned-reluctant-private-eye must use his knowledge of Japanese culture to unravel a major murder in San Francisco—before he and his daughter become targets themselves.


San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie receives a call one night from a friend at the SFPD: an entire family has been senselessly gunned down in the Japantown neighborhood of the bustling city. As an American born and raised in Japan and part-owner of his father’s Tokyo private investigation firm, Brodie has advised the local police in the past, but the near-perfect murders in Japantown are like nothing he’s ever encountered.

With his array of Asian contacts and fluency in Japanese, Brodie follows leads gathered from a shadow powerbroker, a renegade Japanese detective, and the elusive tycoon at the center of the Japantown murders along a trail that takes him from the crime scene in California to terrorized citizens and informants in Japan. Step by step, he unravels a web of intrigue stretching back centuries and unearths a deadly secret that threatens not only his life but also the lives of his entire circle of family and friends. “Readers will want to see more of the talented Jim Brodie, with his expertise in Japanese culture, history, and martial arts” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From gritty San Francisco to exotic Tokyo, Japantown is a whip-smart, razor-fast ride, and entertaining from cover to cover.”

    Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of The Informationist

  • “Get ready for an action-packed, tension-filled escape with Barry Lancet’s thriller worthy of Elmore Leonard. The trail of crime races from Tokyo to New York and returns inevitably to Japantown, six square blocks in San Francisco, where antiques dealer and private eye Jim Brodie walks a dangerous line in the shadow world of clashing cultures.”

    Ronald Kessler, New York Times bestselling author of In The President’s Secret Service

  • Japantown is an expertly written story with vivid, complex characters. The mystery holds surprises until the very end.”

    Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This is a terrific debut from a talented and very promising writer. Nimbly written and atmospheric. Lancet…depicts a rich mixture of art and violence, the past and the present, east and west.”

    T. Jefferson Parker, New York Time bestselling author of The Famous and the Dead

  • “An elegantly brutal thriller, Japantown is reminiscent of classic Daniel Silva and Barry Eisler. Lancet’s unique background bleeds authenticity into the story. Japantown is a bold and exciting debut. Don’t miss it.”

    J. T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[A] sophisticated international thriller…Having lived and worked in Japan for more than twenty-five years, Lancet brings an impressive breadth of knowledge to the historical aspects of the mystery and a sharp sense of immediacy to its action.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Lancet successfully places a PI in an international thriller plot in his highly entertaining debut…Readers will want to see more of the talented Jim, with his expertise in Japanese culture, history, and martial arts.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2014 Barry Award for Best First Novel

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About the Author

Barry Lancet has lived in Japan for more than twenty-five years. His former position as an editor at one of the nation’s largest publishers gave him access to the inner circles in traditional and business fields most outsiders are never granted, and an insider’s view that informs his writing. His debut novel, Japantown, has been optioned by J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, in association with Warner Bros.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.