Tuesday, March 13, 2012

People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman, by Richard Parry

Intense and disturbing non-fiction account of the disappearance, search for, and ultimately, the trial of the killer of Lucie Blackman, an English girl who went to Tokyo to work as a club hostess.
Parry, who had spent a decade in Japan before Blackman's disappearance made headlines, followed the case from the start, and kept at it through the 6 year trial of the unusual Korean-minority killer who never did admit to killing Lucie, although he did admit to multiple rapes and one "accidental" death of another gaijin bar girl.
A deep look at the Japanese justice system and it's failures, but also a searching portrayal of a family when a member of that family disappears...
Great non-fiction read, for true crime fans. Would recommend to anyone who enjoyed The Devil in the White City, or similar.

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