By Martin Cruz Smith
Set within the crazed, nationalistic Tokyo of overdue 1941, December 6 explores the arrival global battle during the different finish of history's prism—a prism held the following through an unforgettable rogue and lover, Harry Niles.
In some ways, Niles might be as American as apple pie: raised via missionary mom and dad, taught to recognize his elders and be an honorable and upright Christian citizen dreaming of the nice existence at the sun-blessed beaches of California. yet Niles can be eastern: reared within the aesthetics of Shinto and informed within the dance halls and backroom poker gatherings of Tokyo's shady underworld to scouse borrow, trick and run for his lifestyles. As a gaijin, a foreigner—especially one with a present for the crafty scam—he attracts suspicion and disfavor from jap police. This effective mix of stiff culture and intrigue—not to say his brazen love affair with a jap mistress who might relatively kill Harry than lose him—fills Harry's ultimate days in Tokyo with suspense and worry. who's he quite operating for? Is he a undercover agent? For the USA? For the emperor? Now, at the eve of Pearl Harbor, Harry himself needs to make a decision the place his actual allegiances lie.
Suspenseful, intriguing and replete with the designated study Martin Cruz Smith brings to all his novels, December 6 is a triumph of mind's eye, historical past and storytelling melded right into a exceptional whole.
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