Barry Lancet was guest host of #LitChat on October 1, 2014. Read the chatscript of his #LitChat session here.
In his debut novel, Japantown, Barry Lancet caught the attention of readers who enjoy thrilling suspense set within exotic cultures. In the second thriller of this new series, antiques dealer-turned-P.I. Jim Brodie matches wits with an elusive group of killers chasing a long-lost treasure that has a dangerous history.
When an elderly World War II veteran shows up unannounced at Brodie Security begging for protection, the staff thinks he’s just a paranoid old man. He offers up a story connected to the war and to Chinese Triads operating in present-day Tokyo, insisting that he and his few surviving army buddies are in danger.
Fresh off his involvement in solving San Francisco’s Japantown murders, antiques dealer Jim Brodie had returned to Tokyo for some R&R, and to hunt down a rare ink painting by the legendary Japanese Zen master Sengai for one of his clients—not to take on another case with his late father’s P.I. firm. But out of respect for the old soldier, Brodie agrees to provide a security detail, thinking it’ll be an easy job and end when the man comes to his senses.
Instead, an unexpected, brutal murder rocks Brodie and his crew, sending them deep into the realm of the Triads, Chinese spies, kendo warriors, and an elusive group of killers whose treachery spans centuries—and who will stop at nothing to complete their mission.
Lancet’s first novel, Japantown, has been nominated for a Barry Award for Best First Novel, selected as a Best Debut of the Year by Suspense Magazine, and for renowned mystery critic Oline Cogdill’s annual round-up, and has been optioned by J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (with Warner Bros). Lancet moved from California to Tokyo in his twenties, where he has lived for more than two decades. He spent 25 years working for one of the country’s largest publishers, developing books on dozens of Japanese subjects from art to Zen–all in English and all distributed in the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world.
Lancet’s unique position gave him access to many inner circles in cultural, business, and traditional fields most outsiders are never granted. Early in his tenure in the Japanese capital, he was hauled in by the police for a non-criminal infraction and interrogated for three hours, one of the most heated psychological encounters he had faced in Japan to that point. The run-in fascinated him and sparked the idea for a thriller based on his growing number of unusual experiences in Japan. Lancet is still based in Tokyo, but travels back to the States frequently. Lancet is at work on the third Jim Brodie novel.
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