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Publisher's Summary

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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3 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. F. E. Marioni on 08-25-16

Wonderful

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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1 out of 5 stars
By John on 04-11-16

Not Good At All

Far too long. Annoyingly correct and plummy English narrator spoiled it for me. Not good

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1 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-21-16

Brilliant

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

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