The Moving Blade

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When the top American diplomat in Tokyo is killed, he leaves more than a lifetime of Japan-American negotiations. He leaves a missing manuscript, a lost keynote speech and an estranged daughter. Detective Hiroshi Shimizu searches for the killer from Tokyo’s back alley bars to government offices, anti-nuke protests and an American military base in this Tokyo-based mystery/thriller. More

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About Michael Pronko

Michael Pronko is an award-winning, Tokyo-based writer of murder, memoir and music. His writings on Tokyo life and his taut character-driven mysteries have won critics’ awards and five-star reviews. Kirkus Reviews called his second novel, The Moving Blade, “An elegant balance of Japanese customs with American-style hard-boiled procedural” and selected it for their Best Books of 2018.

Michael also runs the website, Jazz in Japan, about the vibrant jazz scene in Tokyo and Yokohama. He has written regular columns about Japanese culture, art, jazz, society and politics for Newsweek Japan, The Japan Times, Artscape Japan, Jazznin, and ST Shukan. He has also appeared on NHK and Nippon Television.

A philosophy major, Michael traveled for years, ducking in and out of graduate schools, before finishing his PhD on Charles Dickens and film, and settling in Tokyo as a professor of American Literature at Meiji Gakuin University. He teaches contemporary American novels, film adaptations, music and art.

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