People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry

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“People Who Eat Darkness” is a fascinating meditation that does not pretend to offer pat answers to obscene mysteries.
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Lucie Blackman—tall, blond, twenty-one years old—stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, covered Lucie's disappearance and followed the massive search for her, the long investigation, and the even longer trial. Over ten years, he earned the trust of her family and friends, won unique access to the Japanese detectives and Japan's convoluted legal system, and delved deep into the mind of the man accused of the crime, Joji Obara, described by the judge as "unprecedented and extremely evil."

The result is a book at once thrilling and revelatory, "In Cold Blood for our times" (Chris Cleave, author of Incendiary and Little Bee).

The People Who Eat Darkness is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012

 

About Richard Lloyd Parry

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Richard Lloyd Parry is the Asia editor and Tokyo bureau chief of The Times (London) and the author of In the Time of Madness.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by FSG Originals. 465 pages
Genres: Crime, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Susan Chira on Jun 08 2012

“People Who Eat Darkness” is a fascinating meditation that does not pretend to offer pat answers to obscene mysteries.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jun 06 2012

“People Who Eat Darkness” is surprisingly soulful, especially in its portrait of Ms. Blackman, a young women who still traveled with a favorite stuffed animal...

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Reviewed by Melanie Kirkpatrick on May 24 2012

We'd all like to think that we'd behave in an exemplary way if tested with such a tragedy, but who knows? One measure of the power of this intelligent, compassionate book is that it leaves the reader pondering that question.

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Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg on Jun 03 2012

Despite Parry's evident reporting skills, Obara remains an enigma.

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