Fiction from Debuter Salehi and Yokoyama | Xpress Reviews

This hybrid legal finance/international thriller may be suitable for fans of broad action/adventure tales; Yokoyama’s English-language debut is a complex procedural that takes time to get into high gear
Week ending January 20, 2017 Salehi, Nader Hossain. Trade Off. Heliotrope. Feb. 2017. 246p. ISBN 9781942762300. $16.50. F [DEBUT] In Salehi’s first novel, we meet Reza Shirvani, a law associate anxiously awaiting news of his partnership prospects with his corporate law firm in Washington, DC, circa 2004. Reza’s high-pressure life is complicated by the news that his mother and sister are navigating a dangerous way out of Afghanistan after fleeing Iran. Facing extortionate demands for cash from a warlord in exchange for falsified green cards, Reza searches for an alternate source of funds. When an opportunity arises both to reconnect with an old girlfriend and land an unbelievably lucrative client—who oddly only seems to want to work through him—Reza gets caught up in a new web of intrigue. As the deadline for his family’s departure grows closer and events coalesce, Reza comes to realize that everyone he loves is in danger. Verdict This hybrid legal finance/international thriller lacks polish, but it may be suitable for fans of broad action/adventure tales.—Julie Kane, Washington & Lee Lib., Lexington, VA Yokoyama, Hideo. Six Four. Farrar. Feb. 2017. 576p. tr. from Japanese by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies. ISBN 9780374265519. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374715793. F sixfour012017In 1989, a Tokyo schoolgirl is kidnapped, but the negotiations are botched, leaving the kidnapper at large and the victim dead. Fourteen years later, Det. Yoshinobu Mikami, who had been involved in the initial investigation and who is now working in media relations, is pulled back into the cold case, labeled “Six Four,” when the top brass plan a photo op around the crime. In tracing the tragic events, Mikami talks to suspects, and even the victim’s family, slowly realizing that police politics, the personal tragedy of his own missing daughter, and the old 64 case are connected. Uncovering the truth and delivering justice is hard fought. Verdict A best seller in Japan, Yokoyama’s English-language debut is a complex procedural that takes time to get into high gear as it follows its detective sifting through the evidence while mired in his department’s bureaucratic intricacies and office politics. [See Prepub Alert, 8/16/16.]—Ron Samul, New London, CT

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