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Six Four

Lu par : Richard Burnip
Durée : 24 h et 22 min
4,5 out of 5 stars (2 notations)

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Six Four. The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no listener could predict.

For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

For the 14 years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case.

He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find.

©2012 Hideo Yokoyama (P)2016 Quercus Publishing Ltd

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  • Paul
  • 25/05/2019

A surprising story about police bureaucracy

Highly recommended also (or maybe in particular) to those who don't usually enjoy crime fiction. The writing is rather mediocre. The story is narrated in third person but from the point of view of the main character. Narration struggles to ressemble an individual's internal discourse, often instead telling this as if told by or to a third person. This reminded me vividly of high school students' short stories. The reading by a single reader works fine in this type of narration, and the reader actually manages to breath life into the otherwise often rather toneless dialogues. So, why 4 stars for the story? Exactly because of the story. I had never read anything quite like this before. It is unusual police fiction, for it is not primarily crime fiction. Yes, a crime has happened and it is solved in the course of the story, but this story is not primarily about it. It is a story about police bureaucracy and a man in mid life growing as a person in a chauvin professional world. I know that it is not unusual in modern crime fiction that the police bureaucracy and main character's private life problems are also taken into consideration. But this is something different. Here the crime is in side role, the main character is not the one who solves it. Indeed, he doesn't really take part in the investigations. He isn't even a detective (anymore) and the story is about him and his colleagues growing as persons through a bureaucratic struggle.

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  • nyog
  • 19/04/2017

Good story, poor narrator

The story in Six Four picks up fast, and keeps moving. The characters are well-drawn, often surprising. But the narrator, and in particular the way he voices the protagonist, are extremely off-putting, making it very difficult to bond in any way with the story or the protagonist. Too bad, for sure, because I think there is more subtlety of characterization than comes across in the audio version.

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  • RStringini
  • 26/07/2016

A Slow, Worthwhile Story

Six Four is not a thriller, or even a mystery. Oh, there is a mystery within the various subplots, but it isn't the core focus.

No, Six Four is an in depth look into the police force in Japan, as seen by the head of Media Relations. It is actually more interesting than it sounds, but don't go in expecting bang zoom action. This is a novel about reflection, examination and duty.

I recommend it, but with a reminder that Six Four is a slow, deep crawl.

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  • Jen
  • 21/07/2016

Sweet Jesus this was boring

Narration draggy even after speeding it up, in desperate need of guide to characters, and their motivations remain a mystery. The main character is in public relations for the police and half the book is taken up with the relationship with the press. The mystery is a very small part and every bit discussed is gone over and over. While many may find the discussions of Japanese sensibilities very interesting, it made it very hard for me to understand how the characters would behave and frustrating to see their perverse priorities. it's just really, really boring, sorry to say.

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  • Christian
  • 06/05/2018

Interessanter Einblick in die japanische Kultur

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es handelt sich hierbei nicht um einen klassischen Krimi. Die Geschichte dreht sich for allem um den Direktor für Pressearbeit in einer japanischen Polizeipräfektur und seiner Arbeit die Journalisten-Meute unter Kontrolle zu halten. Immer wieder entstehen Konflikte zwischen Presse und Polizei, die er zu lösen versucht. Dabei kämpft er gegen die polizeiinternen Grabenkämpfe zwischen Abteilungen, die jeweils ihren eigenen Einfluss ausbauen möchten. Letztendlich handelt es sich um einen Aneinanderreihung an Situationen, bei denen Personen gezielt mit Gesichtsverlust bedroht sind, zum Beispiel ein Polizeidirektor, der nur mit einem Stapel weißer Seiten Papier in die Pressekonferenz geschickt wird. Die sozialen und kulturellen Zwänge, die jeder einzelne in Japan unterliegt, ziehen sich wie ein roter Faden durch den Roman. Das ist zwar sehr interessant, wurde mir auf Dauer aber auch ein wenig langatmig. Denn abgesehen von diesen politischen Intrigen entwickelt sich die Handlung sehr schleppend. Wie gesagt, es handelt sich eher um eine Sozialstudie, als einen Thriller.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 17/09/2018

an utter bore

this story takes AGES to pick up momentum. I wanted to stop listening at the 20h mark (and quite a few times before that), then saw it was only 4 more hours to listen to and decided to hang in. I totally regret that. This novel is an utter bore. don't, just DON'T!