Nicholas Hogg’s third novel, TOKYO, was nominated for The Guardian ‘Not the Booker’ prize.
“Exciting and original… If only all ‘foreigner in Japan’ novels were this good.” – The Japan Times
“Excellent… Hogg writes with a mesmeric quality.” – The Big Issue
“An intelligent, gripping and stylish love story set against a beautifully drawn contemporary Japan.” – Best Novels of 2015, The Observer
“A fine novel.” – Sebastian Faulks
“All the ingredients of classic noir.” – The Independent
“Hogg balances an engaging and pacy plot with entrancing writing in this expertly told dark fable of modern Japan.” – Anna James, The Bookseller
“An atmospheric noir thriller.” – Kirkus Reviews
“My novel of the year was Nicholas Hogg’s Tokyo, which blends themes of deracination and erotic obsession to give an unforgettable portrait of the Japanese capital.” – Tom Holland, The Evening Standard
“The writing is masterful, the plot enthralling. Set against the terror and paranoia that smothered Japan after the 2011 triple disaster, this is noir at its disturbing best.” – Iain Maloney
Social psychologist Ben Monroe has returned to Tokyo after a failed marriage, determined to seek out his former lover Kozue. His estranged teenage daughter Mazzy reluctantly flies from California to join him. On the flight she meets a young Japanese man, Koji, a cult survivor, who tells her the story of the luminous night princess Kaguya, a powerful tale of beauty and obsession. As Ben delves deeper into the underworld in search of Kozue, Mazzy and Koji are compelled to follow, and their four lives dangerously intersect as past and present collide.
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This Blade Runner tribute, shot by film-maker Samuel Cockedey, gives a moody glimpse of the teeming metropolis captured in Nicholas Hogg’s TOKYO.