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PACIFIC BURN by Barry Lancet

Pacific Burn by Barry LancetVJ Books in general, and more specifically Virginia and Evan, are the force behind BlogTalk Radio’s “Modern Signed Books” broadcast. Each week they are producing a program that interviews today’s best authors. Virginia has been directing my reading toward books by those author’s scheduled for the show. That’s how I came to read PACIFIC BURN by Barry Lancet.

PACIFIC BURN is the third book by Barry Lancet to feature Jim Brodie, who spends part of his time running Brodie Investigations, based in Tokyo, and the rest operating a gallery in San Francisco – his specialty, Japanese art. In this book Brodie finds himself up to his neck in a plot that has a uniquely skilled assassin targeting his friend, renowned Japanese artist, Ken Nobuki and his family.

As Brodie searches for answers he follows a path from California to Washington D.C. and finally to Japan to face a legendary assassin, The Steam Walker, more deadly that anyone he has ever faced. With a killer operating on both sides of the Pacific, Brodie unwinds a mystery that has him running up against agents of the FBI, the CIA, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Bestselling author Nelson Demille says it best, “Pacific Burn is a page-turning, globe-spanning tale of murder, suspense, and intrigue that grabs and holds your attention from beginning to end. Barry Lancet is truly a gifted author, and his character of Jim Brodie is unlike any private investigator you’ve ever encountered in literature.”

So what next? Why JAPANTOWN and TOKYO KILL of course!

JAPANTOWN was Lancet’s debut, winning the Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel, and was named a “Best of 2013” by Suspense Magazine.

“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.” – Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

The second book in the series, TOKYO KILL, was a finalist for a Shamus Award for Best P.I. Novel.
“Tokyo Kill, the second exciting Jim Brodie crime thriller by Barry Lancet, is an impressive novel of spirited adventure and edgy intrigue. It’s obvious Lancet has firsthand knowledge of Japan and has done extensive research regarding the historical elements. This, along with realistic characterization and notable plot development, makes Tokyo Kill a dynamic read.” – Fresh Fiction Review

From now on I’ll be reading them in order, and I can’t wait to see what Brodie faces next.

– John, VJ Books