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"An elegantly brutal thriller, Japantown is reminiscent of classic Daniel Silva and Barry Eisler. Lancet's unique background bleeds authenticity into the story. Japantown is a bold and exciting debut. Don't miss it."
   —J. T. Ellison

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Five bodies. One clue. Not a trace of the killer.

San Francisco antique 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 bi-coastal 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 single Japanese character printed on a slip of paper, drenched in blood.

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

With his 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 when 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.

Japantown, Lancet's debut thriller, has been optioned by J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, in association with Warner Bros.


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"Although I have studied Japanese for 30 years, I was kept guessing until the very end. Those with little knowledge of things Japanese will nonetheless be kept in suspense by the twists and turns of the underlying story—and edified and entertained along the way."
   —Steve Sacks, Washington Independent Review of Books

"Sometimes I come across a book that simply is too good not to share, even if it lies outside my technophile niche... A distinctive and well-written debut novel with a fresh take on the international thriller genre."
   —Book Buzz, Amy Rogers, ScienceThriller.com

"The debut novel by a 25-year resident of Japan is a zippy page-turner set in San Francisco's Japantown, Tokyo and a remote Japanese village."
   —SF Examiner

"The first book in what will likely be a long and successful series."
   —San Francisco Magazine

"Fascinating information about Japanese history and culture is seamlessly woven into this high-intensity debut thriller."
   —Stop, You're Killing Me!

"The story of a San Francisco-based American antique dealer with strong ties to Japan and clues to a horrible crime committed by a secret society of ancient killers. The immediate question is whether this mystery could add anything fresh to the archetype of the gaijin detective. The answer, surprisingly, is yes."
   —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"A solid mystery with a memorable protagonist, the book captures our interest from the first page."
   —David Pitt, Booklist

"Lancet successfully places a PI in an international thriller plot in his highly entertaining debut . . . Readers will want to see more of the talented Jim Brodie, with his expertise in Japanese culture, history, and martial arts."
   —Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

"[Lancet] draws upon his familiarity with the terrain, local history and Japanese culture to create an East-West adventure that informs as it thrills. . . . the intricate plot is skillfully developed, the action never flags and the climax is gripping. A fresh voice in crime fiction."
   —Kirkus Reviews

"Lancet has a gift for pacing and keeps the reader engaged and guessing till the very end."
   —Library Journal

"Japantown is an expertly written story with vivid, complex characters. The mystery holds surprises until the very end."
   —Larry Bond

"Get ready for an action-packed, tension-filled escape with Barry Lancet's thriller worthy of Elmore Leonard. The trail of crime races from Tokyo to New York and returns inevitably to Japantown, six square blocks in San Francisco, where antiques dealer and private eye Jim Brodie walks a dangerous line in the shadow world of clashing cultures."
   —Ronald Kessler, author of In the President's Secret Service and The Secrets of the FBI

"From gritty San Francisco to exotic Tokyo, Japantown is a whip-smart, razor-fast ride, and entertaining from cover to cover."
   —Taylor Stevens

"This is a terrific debut from a talented and very promising writer. Nimbly written and atmospheric. Lancet ... depicts a rich mixture of art and violence, the past and the present, east and west."
   —T. Jefferson Parker


Praise from Japan

"An expertly paced page-turner and I heartily recommend it to any thriller reader."
   —Patrick Sherriff (Our Man in Abiko), Abiko Free Press

"Outstandingly entertaining... We readers constantly search for something fresh in the genres we love—a new angle, a surprising twist, some fresh seasoning. Lancet capably delivers."
   —Sumo Joe Says


Simon & Schuster, hardcover, September 2013, ISBN: 9781451691696