In the summer of 2000, Jane Steare received the phone call every mother dreads. Her daughter Lucie Blackman - tall, blonde, and twenty-one years old - had stepped into the vastness of a Tokyo summer and disappeared forever. That winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult?
Richard Lloyd Parry is Asia editor of The Times, based in Tokyo. He is the author of one previous book, In the Time of Madness, about Indonesia.
"An extraordinary, compulsive and brilliant book...very, very moving" -- David Peace "Difficult to put down... impossible to forget" -- Minette Walters "A skilful, definitive history of one of the most notorious crimes of the past decade" Sunday Times "This is In Cold Blood for our times... Everyone who has ever loved someone and held that life dear should read this stunning book, and shiver" -- Chris Cleave "Open-minded and sympathetic, despite being driven half mad by the case, Parry, former Asia correspondent for the Independent and The Times, is the best kind of narrator of a tale that isn't just a murder case but a book that sheds light on Japan, on families, on the media, and on the insidious effects of misogyny" -- Blake Morrison Guardian