People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

By Richard Lloyd Parry

Lucie Blackman—tall, blond, twenty-one years old—stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summertime of 2000, and disappeared perpetually. the subsequent wintry weather, her dismembered continues to be have been chanced on buried in a seashore cave.

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning overseas correspondent, lined Lucie's disappearance and the large look for her, the lengthy research, and the even longer trial. Over ten years, he earned the belief of her friends and family, received detailed entry to the japanese detectives and Japan's convoluted felony procedure, and delved deep into the brain of the guy accused of the crime, Joji Obara, defined through the pass judgement on as "unprecedented and intensely evil."

The result's a e-book instantaneously exciting and revelatory, "In chilly Blood for our times" (Chris Cleave, writer of Incendiary and Little Bee).

The those who consume Darkness is one among Publishers Weekly's most sensible 10 most sensible Books of 2012

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She staggered into membership Cadeau, her lips blue and her speech slurred. The membership was once owned and controlled through Kai Miyazawa, the ponytailed businessman who might clarify to me the secrets and techniques of the bar company. whilst he observed Katie, he despatched her to a physician and went along with her the following day to Azabu Police Station. The response of the officials on responsibility dismayed them. “We weren't even taken right into a inner most room or requested to sit down, simply easily left status on the reception desk,” Katie wrote later. “The officials confirmed no curiosity whatever to assist us or take any more motion. they wouldn't make a proper file, simply wrote down a few notes on a section of scrap paper … They stated they can now not examine my incident due to an absence of evidence … i used to be capable of provide a correct description of the fellow and obviously describe the site. I additionally gave them the cellular cellphone quantity written by way of ‘Koji’ himself. This i believe used to be adequate proof to at the least study who the guy was once, and if he had any earlier felony documents. i used to be made to believe as though I have been a nuisance and simply losing police time. ” Kai even referred to as a policeman he knew individually. “But after all, they are saying, ‘Kai, those overseas ladies, hostesses—they all take medicinal drugs. It’s her own problem—just ignore it. ’ I inform Katie, and she’s very indignant. For per week she retains on approximately it, so i'm going and check with them back. yet back they are saying, ‘Forget it, put out of your mind it. ’” Katie used to be nonetheless residing in Tokyo 3 years later, while Lucie disappeared. once she heard the inside track, she went again to Azabu Police Station. a feminine detective recorded a couple of extra info this time yet confirmed no specific curiosity or challenge. once more, Kai referred to as his detective good friend. “But he moved jobs—now he’s in a distinct department,” Kai informed me. “He says, ‘This isn't really my company. ’ yet now i believe 100% that i'm correct: this needs to be an analogous man. ” *   *   * In July, the police have been contemplating 3 attainable motives for Lucie’s disappearance: a spiritual cult, a criminal offense related to the alternate in unlawful medicines, or anything to do with the yakuza (hence the inquiries to Louise approximately males with tattoos, the badge of the japanese gangster). They have been noticeable and brilliant strains of inquiry, given the nature of Roppongi and of crime in Japan often. however the police have been being informed one other tale, a few legal who were working for years less than their noses. used to be it this suggestion—of willful negligence all alone part—that defined why, firstly at the least, they refused to listen to it? Christa Mackenzie had traveled from Osaka to Tokyo to inform the police approximately “Yuji. ” Katie Vickers similar the tale of “Koji. ” Huw Shakeshaft’s pals Isobel Parker and Clara Mendez, who had shared their tale with the shell-shocked Tim Blackman, went to them with various names however the related narrative. All 4 met with indifference. “It used to be a month earlier than they took whatever I acknowledged seriously,” acknowledged Christa. “They have been so sluggish to choose issues up. It was once in part inertia—they didn’t appear for it slow.

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