This week my new novel surfaced on Amazon USA, and will be out shortly via Amazon UK and Amazon Japan.
After the big earthquake and tsunami in the Tōhoku region north of
Tokyo last year, I felt like I very much wanted to give something back
to Japan, my home for the past 11 years – a place that’s equal parts
inspiring and puzzling, a fascinating collusion of kitsch and cool, with
a history ten times longer than that of my home town, Melbourne.
One Hundred Years of Vicissitude was originally an idea I toyed with in 2007, and then shelved while I finished off Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat.
Some of the original notes did make it through to the final version,
but at least 98 percent was written between September 2011, and April
2012 – and the tone is completely different.
The novel was swayed as much by family (my late grandfather Les, my
wife Yoko and my six-year-old daughter Cocoa figured significantly in
its composition) as it is by my two ‘home’ towns of Tokyo and Melbourne.
Aside the essential story of identical twin geisha, war, death and
saké, other things weighed in on the mix and I’ve decided to outline
some of these here
– as they deserve all the kudos they can get – so, if you’re curious at
all, read on at the website of esteemed noir/crime/mystery
reviewer/journalist Elizabeth A. White.