"Antiques dealer Jim Brodie returns to Tokyo only to find himself taking on yet another PI case."
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted August 25, 2014
Thriller P.I. | Suspense
Antiques dealer Jim Brodie is still new to his late
father's Tokyo-based firm, Brodie Security, after
inheriting half of the private investigating business
almost a year ago. After recently solving a nasty murder
case in San Francisco, Brodie has returned to Tokyo to
relax a bit while he searches for a rare antique ink
drawing for a client. The last thing he wants to do is get
further involved in the PI business.
When Akira Miura, a 96-year-old Japanese WWII veteran,
comes to Brodie Security for help, he has quite a tale to
tell. He fears for his life after two old army buddies are
killed during home invasions. He's convinced they were
revenge slayings carried out by Chinese Triads for WWII
atrocities performed by his military comrades. Brodie is
motivated by the old man's story of a long-lost wartime
treasure and feels compelled to provide security for him.
The next day, a vicious murder occurs that astonishes
everyone. It's now highly imperative to protect the old
Miura and his few remaining buddies. Using every resource
at their disposal, Brodie and his skilled security team
investigate each connection uncovered. Then the killer(s)
unexpectedly hit close to home and it becomes personal for
Brodie and his crew. Following leads from Tokyo to Miami to
Barbados, Brodie suffers a grueling journey in his pursuit
of the killer(s) with a truly shocking surprise at the end
of the trek.
TOKYO KILL, the second exciting Jim Brodie crime thriller
by Barry Lancet, is an impressive novel of spirited
adventure and edgy intrigue. It's obvious Lancet has
firsthand knowledge of Japan and has done extensive
research regarding the historical elements. This, along
with realistic characterization and notable plot
development, makes TOKYO KILLS a dynamic read.
In the second thriller of this new series from "a fresh
voice in crime fiction" (Kirkus Reviews), antiques dealer-
turned-P.I. Jim Brodie matches wits with an elusive group
of killers chasing a long-lost treasure that has a
A long-lost treasure. A wartime massacre. A modern-day
When an elderly World War Two veteran shows up unannounced
at Brodie Security begging for protection, the staff thinks
he's just a paranoid old man. He offers up a story
connected to the war and to Chinese Triads operating in
present-day Tokyo, insisting that he and his few surviving
army buddies are in danger.
Fresh off his involvement in solving San Francisco's
Japantown murders, antiques dealer Jim Brodie had returned
to Tokyo for some R&R, and to hunt down a rare ink painting
by the legendary Japanese Zen master Sengai for one of his
clients — not to take on another case with his late
father's P.I. firm. But out of respect for the old soldier,
Brodie agrees to provide a security detail, thinking it'll
be an easy job and end when the man comes to his senses.
Instead, an unexpected, brutal murder rocks Brodie and his
crew, sending them deep into the realm of the Triads,
Chinese spies, kendo warriors, and an elusive group of
killers whose treachery spans centuries – and who will stop
at nothing to complete their mission.
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