Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tokyo Vice

By Jake Adelstein

The author of this book is a Jewish American who managed to get a job as a journalist at Japan's top newspaper, Yomiuri Shinbun. Adelstein writes bluntly about the various cases he covered as a young foreign reporter working on the vice and homicide beat, and delivers an eye witness view of Japan's seamier side, as well as his own journey of self discovery. Over the years, Adelstein collected sources, building ties with prostitutes, the police and the yakuza. Those relationships drew him into two dangerous stories: one on human trafficking and one on yakuza bosses buying liver transplants in America. He survives both, but not without cost to himself, his family, and friends. Publishers Weekly called Tokyo Vice "equal parts cultural exposé, true crime, and hard-boiled noir," and it is all that, plus a riveting read.

your copy of Tokyo Vice.

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