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Six Four. The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no listener could predict.
For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.
For the 14 years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case.
He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.
©2012 Hideo Yokoyama (P)2016 Quercus Publishing Ltd
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By nyog on 04-19-17

Good story, poor narrator

The story in Six Four picks up fast, and keeps moving. The characters are well-drawn, often surprising. But the narrator, and in particular the way he voices the protagonist, are extremely off-putting, making it very difficult to bond in any way with the story or the protagonist. Too bad, for sure, because I think there is more subtlety of characterization than comes across in the audio version.

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By RStringini on 07-26-16

A Slow, Worthwhile Story

Six Four is not a thriller, or even a mystery. Oh, there is a mystery within the various subplots, but it isn't the core focus.

No, Six Four is an in depth look into the police force in Japan, as seen by the head of Media Relations. It is actually more interesting than it sounds, but don't go in expecting bang zoom action. This is a novel about reflection, examination and duty.

I recommend it, but with a reminder that Six Four is a slow, deep crawl.

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By Mr. F. E. Marioni on 08-25-16


It's a struggle to get into, the Japanese names and the regional British accent Burnip gives to them doesn't quite fit, it's also very dense almost an examination into the Japanese police system, however at about the 5 hour mark it clicked and turned into something quite special and unique. It also takes a direction that I never saw coming. Outstanding

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By canal walker on 07-13-16

Gripping Story right to the last pages

If you could sum up Six Four in three words, what would they be?

It was hard at first to get all the characters names because they were Japanese.But the story was one not to put down. You wanted to know what was going to happen next. Being a true story and asking my Japanese Pen Friends it is really a big book and film. I would love to see the film too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the detective who had been given a new roll as the Press Director. The character is great all the way through the book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the ending but will not say what happens. But it is not what you expect.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes the problems the Press Director went through with father of the kidnapped daughter and the problems he had with his own daughter.

Any additional comments?

It is hard work but worth the read. You will get into the characters and remember the names.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Bridget Schaumann on 06-25-17

Couldn't finish

This book appeared to be right up my alley! Love Japanese stories, usually they are fast paced and excitingly dark! This one is ponderous, far too much musing and supposingl. I've walked away at the 3/4 point, I just can't take any more. The reader was good, the story is bogged down in detail which ultimately leads nowhere. I've stopped caring whether the daughter turns up of not!

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By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16


Just brilliant. Very detailed but fascinating- particularly in regards to Japanese culture. A brilliant book well worth the effort.

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