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Five Decembers

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War, imprisonment, torture, romance, foreign language and culture are all explored with genuine feeling. Yes, the narrative “movements”, as I went on and on about in my review, were like sea-waves, sometimes crashing as in the opening, or like the third, slow and meditative. In fact, that's maybe the biggest problem of this novel- the author chose to focus on all the wrong details while barely mentioning that things that truly mattered). They could gather in bars, or toss footballs around in a park, and trade stories…He needed to work, and get somewhere. Five Decembers is a gripping thriller, a staggering portrait of war, and a heartbreaking love story, as unforgettable as All the Light We Cannot See .

B. bei einem Meisterwerk wie "Die schwarze Dahlie" von James Ellroy erlebe ich in den seltensten Fällen. It makes the whole thing one of those books where you’re tensed up the entire time, and just wish that you could warn everyone in it what’s coming. Believe me, it gets bleak and twisted, and I can see why Hard Case Crime was excited to add this book to their noir collection.

I went into the reading blind, unaware of when it was written or takes place, and was rewarded with one surprise after another. For those familiar with WW2 history, you will know that the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour is coming and leads to the entry of the U. I’m okay too, unless it’s, like love scenes in a romance novel, one indeed fast upon following another.

Set just before until just after WWII, this is a book that wants to read like a book of the time and mostly succeeds. I received a copy from Hard Case Crime, via Edelweiss+, and this does not impede the free expression of my opinion. The end of the war allows for him to complete his investigation which takes him again back and forth across the Pacific. Titan Books will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Read this book for its palpitating story, its perfect emotional and physical detailing and, most of all, for its unforgettable conjuring of a steamy quicksilver world that will be new to almost every reader.Given the time and place one can safely assume from the outset that the gory double murder mystery the story opens with will likely undergo some tumultuous twists and turns. Kestrel’s expertly clipped descriptive passages and dialogue bring his spacious canvas into razor-sharp focus. Five Decembers" feels like it could have been written during the golden age of noir… hugely satisfying. McGrady’s journey includes a heavy dose of anguish from surviving war atrocities that can’t be unseen and being forced to make decisions that cannot be undone.

He spends his time learning Japanese from Takahashi’s daughter, Sachi (among other things – yes, they develop ‘feelings’ for each other – insert eye roll here). The Honolulu, Hong Kong and Tokyo of the era are expertly drawn and the full horror of war and what it does to people is hammered home.Es spielt an Orten wie Honolulu, Hongkong und Tokio vor den kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen zwischen USA und Japan von 1941 bis 1945. McGrady is partnered up on this investigation with Detective Fred Ball, who’s a good cop, albeit a little heavy handed.

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