The Last Train

May 31, 2017
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GenreMystery
Audience Adult
Word Count 80-100k (average)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Workshopped with 3 private editors
Edited by Hilary Zaid
Cover design by Marco Mancini
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Published Through Amazon Createspace – KDP
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Author’s Summary

Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white collar crime in Tokyo. He’s lost his girlfriend and still dreams of his time studying in America, but with a stable job, his own office and a half-empty apartment, he’s settled in.

When an American businessman turns up dead, his mentor Takamatsu calls him out to the site of a grisly murder. A glimpse from a security camera video suggests the killer was a woman, but in Japan, that seems unlikely. Hiroshi quickly learns how close homicide and suicide can appear in a city full of high-speed trains just a step—or a push—away.

Takamatsu drags Hiroshi out to the hostess clubs and skyscraper offices of Tokyo in search of the killer. She’s trying to escape Japan for a new life by playing a high-stakes game of insider information. To find her, Hiroshi goes deeper and deeper into Tokyo’s intricate, ominous market for the most expensive real estate in the world.

When Takamatsu inexplicably disappears, Hiroshi teams up with ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi. They scour Tokyo’s sacred temples, corporate offices and industrial wastelands to find out where Takamatsu went, and why one woman would be driven to murder when she seems to have it all.

In a megalopolis of 40 million people, finding one woman is nearly impossible. If he can’t find her, more businessmen will die, she’ll flee the country and the male-dominated, cutthroat world of buying and selling property will never change.

After years in America and lost in neat, clean spreadsheets, Hiroshi confronts the stark realities of the biggest city in the world, where inside information can travel in a flash from the top investment firms to the bottom of the working world, where street-level punks and teenage hostesses sell their souls for a small cut of high-profit land deals.

Hiroshi’s determined to cut through Japan’s ambiguities—and dangers—to find the murdering ex-hostess before she extracts her final revenge—which just might be him.

Short Description

Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white collar crime in Tokyo. When an American businessman turns up dead, his mentor Takamatsu calls him out to the site of a grisly murder. Hiroshi scours Tokyo’s sacred temples, corporate offices and industrial wastelands to find out why one woman would be driven to murder.

Catchphrase

In Tokyo, murder's easy to hide.

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Awards and Notable Endorsements


Independent Press Award for Mystery and for Thriller (2018)

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2018 Shelf Unbound Competition for Best Independently Published Book

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2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards

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Reader Views 2017-2018

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Feathered Quill Awards 2018

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Self-Published Books 2017 The Bookbag

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IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards (2017)

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Literary Titan Book Award (June 2017)

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Book Excellence Awards for Mystery (2017)

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Beverly Hills Book Awards for Crime Fiction (2017)

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New Apple E-Book Awards for Mystery (2017)

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Independent Press Award (2018)

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