December 6 by Martin Cruz Smith
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From Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park and Havana Bay, comes another audacious novel of exotic locales, intimate intrigues and the mysteries of the human heart: December 6.
Set in the crazed, nationalistic Tokyo of late 1941, December 6 explores the coming world war through the other end of history's prism -- a prism held here by an unforgettable rogue and lover, Harry Niles.
In many ways, Niles should be as American as apple pie: raised by missionary parents, taught to respect his elders and be an honorable and upright Christian citizen dreaming of the good life on the sun-blessed shores of California. But Niles is also Japanese: reared in the aesthetics of Shinto and educated in the dance halls and backroom poker gatherings of Tokyo's shady underworld to steal, trick and run for his life. As a gaijin, a foreigner -- especially one with a gift for the artful scam -- he draws suspicion and disfavor from Japanese police. This potent mixture of stiff tradition and intrigue -- not to mention his brazen love affair with a Japanese mistress who would rather kill Harry than lose him -- fills Harry's final days in Tokyo with suspense and fear. Who is he really working for? Is he a spy? For America? For the emperor?
Now, on the eve of Pearl Harbor, Harry himself must decide where his true allegiances lie.
Suspenseful, exciting and replete with the detailed research Martin Cruz Smith brings to all his novels, December 6 is a triumph of imagination, history and storytelling melded into a magnificent whole.

About Martin Cruz Smith

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Martin Cruz Smith’s novels include Stalin’s Ghost, Gorky Park, Rose, December 6, Polar Star, and Stallion Gate. A two-time winner of the Hammett Prize from the International Association of Crime Writers and a recipient of Britain’s Golden Dagger Award, he lives in California.
Published November 6, 2002 by Simon & Schuster. 400 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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(Oct. 1)Forecast:While it offers less action and intrigue than Smith's usual fare, this should do well on the basis of Smith's reputation, and then via word of mouth, aided by a 10-city author tour, which could even widen his audience.

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Martin Cruz Smith has set his newest novel, DECEMBER 6, in Japan on the eve of Pearl Harbor.

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Entertainment Weekly

Set in Tokyo on the eve of Pearl Harbor, Smith's new historical thriller follows Harry Niles, an American rogue reared in Japan.

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The "slacker" descriptor seems to apply to Gen Y as much, if not more, than it does to Gen X.… Read More

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Harry's life is complicated by the fact that the Thought Police follow his every move, his German friend, Willie, asks for Harry's help to get his Chinese wife out of Japan, a drunken Hajime has left his gun with Harry which could cost both of them their lives, and Ishigami, a veteran of the war ...

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You might dig the one on 326 as well, Woman Rebel, the Margaret Sanger Story — it’s told basically in 1-2 page vignettes, it’s funny and informative, and it’s a good showcase of Bagge’s art.

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