People Who Eat Darkness

People Who Eat Darkness

The True Story of A Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil That Swallowed Her up

Book - 2012
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Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, chronicles the 2000 disappearance, massive search, long investigation, and the even longer murder trial behind the gruesome murder case of Lucie Blackman in Japan.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780374230593
0374230595
Branch Call Number: 364.152 PAR
Characteristics: p. cm

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Sep 21, 2016

99% Invisible recommendation.

AL_ALYSSA Aug 28, 2016

I am a true crime junkie. I don't know why, but I find it fascinating, and trying to figure out the mental state of the criminals is intellectually stimulating. This book offers that, as well as a look into a part of Japan's culture that most people don't know about.

MedinaReads Jun 18, 2015

"In the summer of 2000, a young English woman named Lucie Blackman left her Tokyo apartment for a date, or “dohan,” with a customer from the club where she worked. If this sounds like a thinly veiled euphemism for a prostitute/client meeting, it’s not. Lucie worked as a “hostess,” a job that involved pouring drinks, lighting cigarettes, flirting, and going on dohans (meant to end at the club where she worked, thereby bringing in more money). But Lucie never returned. Six months later, her dismembered body was found in a cave. Worse, the suspect in the case was later proven to have been drugging and raping hostesses for quite some time. The women reported their experiences to the police were ignored by an institution complacent in the knowledge that such things didn’t happen in Tokyo, a city with an extremely low crime rate. This lack of experience with deviant behavior also left the investigators ill-equipped to bring the case to trial. A verdict wasn’t reached until 2007.

More than a well-written account of the strange circumstances surrounding Lucie’s death, this book is an exploration of East/West differences, which are greater than I’d previously realized. Recommended for true-crime aficionados, those interested in other cultures, and anyone wanting a fascinating read." Recommended by K.L., Outreach Services, MCDL

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StarGladiator
Feb 08, 2015

Normally I don't read True Crime category, but something about this appeared interesting. Found the book to be banal, though, although the author does extremely thorough research, and catches all the important points and nuances. Sorry about the victims, but never caught my interest at any point. [Important facts about the victim's dad beyond the middle of the book.]

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reader90405
Nov 26, 2012

Too long - some parts I skimmed over as they were so repetitous.

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kelliyfults
Aug 21, 2012

culturally fascinating... could have been edited a bit differently. I found it repetitive, but pretty engrossing.

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MizzBizz59
Jul 11, 2012

I've read scores of true crime accounts by various authors over the years, and I have to say this one is among my favorite top 5 picks. It's a page turner that you just can't put down!! The author's approach to re-telling the story is entertaining and educational. We don't always remember historical events in other countries, but Mr. Parrry walks us through it all!!!

Truly a work of art! Thank you.

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AL_ALYSSA Aug 28, 2016

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AL_ALYSSA Aug 28, 2016

This is a true crime novel about a 20-something English flight attendant named Lucie Blackman. She gets a crazy idea to go to Japan with her best friend, and earn money as a hostess. The idea sounds scandalous in our words, but a hostess (or host) in Japan, is mostly innocent. Hosts and hostesses are paid to be company for a client. Someone to talk to, spend time with, and almost of a casual therapist to help with the burden of your job, your family, and your significant other.

On the other side, after Lucie disappears, the Japanese police had little reason to believe she had actually disappeared, and more likely, she simply ran away. There are so many twists and turns between the investigation, her family's actions, her discovery, and the actual trial, that you'll walk away with a knew knowledge of one of Japan's "other" cultures.

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AL_ALYSSA Aug 28, 2016

Violence: This is a true crime book. It does go through a lot of the investigation and her murder. Proceed with caution, and know you can always close the book.

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