Barry Lancet's first book in the Jim Brodie series, JAPANTOWN, won the Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel of 2013, was selected as a Best Debut of the Year by Suspense Magazine, and has been optioned for a quality TV series by J. J. Abrams/Warner Bros. His second... show more
Barry Lancet's first book in the Jim Brodie series, JAPANTOWN, won the Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel of 2013, was selected as a Best Debut of the Year by Suspense Magazine, and has been optioned for a quality TV series by J. J. Abrams/Warner Bros. His second novel in the series, TOKYO KILL, was designated a must-read for Asian leaders by Forbes magazine. PACIFIC BURN, the third book to feature American antiques dealer and Japan expert Jim Brodie, is due February 2016. Lancet's connection with Japan began more than twenty-five years ago with a short exploratory trip from his California home to Tokyo. Five years later his visit turned into a long-term stay in the Japanese capital, a thriving metropolis he found endlessly fascinating. Lancet landed a position at one of the country's top publishing houses, and in twenty-five years he developed numerous books across many fields but mostly on Japanese culture--including art, crafts, cuisine, history, fiction, Zen gardens, martial arts, Asian philosophy, and more. All of which were sold in the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world. The work opened doors to many traditional worlds, lending a unique insider's view to his own writing. One incident in particular started him on his present course of writing, and led to JAPANTOWN and the Jim Brodie series. Early on during his return to Japan, Lancet was directed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department to come down to the stationhouse for a "voluntary interview." The MPD proceeded to interrogate him for three hours over what turned out to be a minor, noncriminal infraction. The police grilling evolved into one of the most intensive psychological battles of cat-and-mouse Lancet had faced up to that point in his stay in Asia, and caused him to view many of his experiences, past and future, in a whole new light. The encounter was also instrumental in shaping Lancet's approach to his novels. For more information, please visit http://barrylancet.com/ or the Facebook Author Page at http://on.fb.me/16X7jeV .