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‘Japantown’ author visits Davis; brother’s sake cups raffled off

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From page A4 | September 24, 2013 |

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Barry Lancet, author of the international thriller “Japantown,” comes to The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, to talk about his just-published book, the writing life and his 25-plus years’ experience in the publishing business.

Lancet will speak at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

A raffle of specially designed sake cups created by the author’s brother, Davis artist Marc Lancet, is planned. Everyone who buys a copy of “Japantown” the night of the reading will be entered to win one of 10 sake cups.

“Japantown” opens as an entire family is senselessly gunned down in San Francisco’s Japantown. Antique dealer and reluctant private eye Jim Brodie receives a call from a friend at the SFPD. As an American born and raised in Japan, Brodie has advised the local police in the past, but the near-perfect murders are like nothing he’s ever encountered.

Using his extensive Asian contacts and fluency in Japanese, Brodie follows leads gathered from a shadow power broker, a renegade Japanese detective, and the elusive tycoon at the center of the murders. Step by step, his search takes him from the crime scene in California to terrorized citizens in Japan.

What Brodie unearths shocks him. Wishing to turn back but knowing the only way is forward, he focuses on the deadly secret that threatens not only his life, but also the lives of his entire circle of family and friends.

The reception for “Japantown” has been remarkable, Lancet says. Before its release on Sept. 3, enough copies of the book had been shopped to into its third printing.

Bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker wrote, “This is a terrific debut from a talented and very promising writer. Nimbly written and atmospheric. Lancet … depicts a rich mixture of art and violence, the past and the present, east and west.”

Lancet said he is encouraged by the strong early response to his novel and adds that the TV rights for “Japantown” have been optioned by J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Abrams is the creator of “Lost” and directed the last two “Star Trek” movies, and is working on the upcoming seventh episode in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Lancet’s thriller is informed by more than 25 years of living, working and raising his family in Tokyo, where he joined one of Japan’s top publishing houses as a senior arts and culture editor, and developed numerous books on Japanese culture in the fields of art, crafts, cuisine, history, fiction, Zen gardens, martial arts and Asian philosophy.

For more information, visit http://barrylancet.com.

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