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Current Events Writing
Human Life is a Gas
Current Events Example
By John Boyd
While other US allies react angrily, Japan's response to WikiLeaks' NSA espionage allegations is muted.
The Girl Who Danced Her Tears Away: A suspense crime novel set in Japan
(Book 1 of the Japan Quartet)
This is the first in a series of suspense crime novels featuring Regan Kent's trials and tribulations in Japan. It will be republished in 2021:
Regan Kent’s kid sister has gone missing in Japan…
So Regan drops everything and goes to Osaka to search for her.
She doesn’t speak Japanese. She doesn't understand the culture, And she certainly doesn’t think much of the Japanese cops’ efforts to find her sister—an attitude they hardly find endearing.
What Regan does have going for her are sharp wits, street savvy and a can-do if irreverent spirit acquired growing up in a tough area of Liverpool.
So armed, she uncovers a secret her sister has been hiding from her. But to learn more, Regan must ingratiate herself into Japan's tawdry nighttime entertainment scene while evading police scrutiny.
Despite the odds stacked against her, she gets to the bottom of what has befallen her sister.
Not one to wait for karma to kick in, Regan vows retribution. But will she prove too clever and cocky for her own good and end up suffering the same fate as her sister?
The suspense builds to an edgy, bloody climax with twists and surprises you won’t see coming.
*Note that the story contains occasional earthy language and descriptions of violence that some readers may find unsettling.
Coming in 2021
Killing Time in Tokyo
Bad things keep happening to Tim Harrison lately…
Tim’s mundane life as an English teacher in Japan turns anything but when he is coerced by Tokyo cops into spying on a businessman student of his..
It doesn’t help matters when he is seduced by the man's wife and then is sexually compromised.
This is just the beginning of Tim's troubles. For he stumbles upon a scandal of such international import it will shame and humiliate Japan in the eyes of the world should it be exposed. But that is something the yakuza are determined not to let happen.
So Tim has to flee for his life.
Killing Time in Tokyo starts as a slow-burn crime storyr. Then, as the suspense and noir builds, it ignites into a page-turner that pulls you down with unexpected twists and turns into Japan's broiling underworld.
You may think you know what’s going on. But, like Tim, don’t bet your life on it.
*Note that the story contains occasional earthy language and descriptions of sex and violence that some readers may find unsettling.
The novel is available on Amazon stores world wide and is free to read on Kindle Select. Get your copy now.