Barry Lancet, author of the new thriller “Japantown,” will speak on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Little Tokyo Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 203 S. Los Angeles St. (at Second Street).

japantown book coverSan Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father’s Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and con­sulting on Brodie Security’s caseload at home and abroad.

One night, an entire family is gunned down in San Francisco’s bustling Japantown neighbor­hood, and Brodie is called on by the SFPD to decipher the lone clue left at the crime scene: a unique Japanese character printed on a slip of paper drenched in blood.

Brodie can’t read the clue. But he may have seen it before — at the scene of his wife’s death in a house fire four years ago.

With his deep array of Asian connections and fluency in Japanese, Brodie sets out to solve a seemingly perfect crime and at the same time learn whether his wife’s tragic death was more than just an accident. And as he unravels a web of intrigue stretching back centuries and con­nected to the murders in San Francisco, the Japantown killer retaliates with a new target: Brodie’s daughter.

“An elegantly brutal thriller, ‘Japantown’ is reminiscent of classic Daniel Silva and Barry Eisler,” said New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison. “Lancet’s unique background bleeds authenticity into the story. ‘Japantown’ is a bold and exciting debut.”

Lancet has a unique perspective of Japan and America, having spent a majority of his adult life in Japan. He landed a position at one of the country’s top publishing houses, and in 25 years developed numerous books across many fields — mostly on Japanese culture, including art, crafts, cuisine, history, fiction, Zen gardens, martial arts, and Asian philosophy — all of which were sold in the U.S., Europe, and the rest of the world.

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