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Six Four (2012)

af Hideo Yokoyama

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"The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no reader could predict. For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities for their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find. "--… (mere)
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    Tokyo Vice af Jake Adelstein (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Reportage about crime and policing in Japan - a good non-fiction counterpart to Six Four.
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Prima di iniziare con la recensione vera e propria mi sento di fare una piccola considerazione: in questo romanzo (che è del 2012), quasi ogni donna che incontriamo ha lasciato il lavoro perché si è sposata e ha avuto dellз figliз. Pensa a quanto è strano che matrimoni e nascite siano in calo in Giappone: ci saranno anche un sacco di altri motivi, ma, visto che da qualche parte bisogna iniziare, questo mi pare un buon punto di partenza.

Tornando al romanzo, sono molto contenta che mi avessero messo in guardia sul fatto che i gialli nipponici sono piuttosto diversi da quelli che siamo abituatз a leggere da queste parti: essendo Sei Quattro su un vecchio caso, ci si potrebbe aspettare che il protagonista indaghi, abbia delle intuizioni geniali e/o la fortuna di incrociare la prova giusta e riesca a risolverlo. Invece no: Mikami Yoshinobu è il capo dell’ufficio stampa e deve solo recuperare i buoni rapporti con la famiglia della vittima di questo vecchio caso irrisolto in modo da permettere alla polizia di farsi della buona pubblicità.

Una larga fetta di Sei Quattro quindi ruota intorno ai rapporti tra polizia e stampa, rapporti che Yokoyama deve conoscere bene, visto che ha lavorato per più di dieci anni come giornalista d’inchiesta. Ci sono pagine e pagine nelle quali ci si interroga su dove finisca il diritto di cronaca e inizi il diritto alla privacy, sul diritto dellз giornalistз di avere tutte le informazioni in modo da poter valutare cosa pubblicare e cosa no e il diritto della polizia a trattenere qualunque elemento ritenga troppo sensibile, ma con il rischio che ometta informazioni compromettenti.

Tutto questo gestito da un uomo che sente il suo ruolo di capo dell’ufficio stampa come una punizione perché vorrebbe tornare sul campo. Mikami, infatti, è un uomo che non riesce ad accettare la situazione nella quale si trova: di padre di una figlia scomparsa e che non riesce a capire, di capo dell’ufficio stampa che deve avere a che fare con un padre di una figlia assassinata in un crimine ancora senza colpevole condannato e di marito di una donna che dopo tanti anni di matrimonio ancora non sa perché si è sposata proprio con lui.

Tuttavia, sarà proprio in questa condizione di uomo perso e demoralizzato che capirà l’importanza di incontrare la persona di cui abbiamo bisogno e l’umiltà di ammettere che, per quanto si ami qualcunǝ, quella persona speciale potremmo non essere noi. Magari noi siamo la persona giusta al momento giusto per unǝ perfettǝ sconosciutǝ e in quel caso è importante non rifiutarne la responsabilità per non lasciare che tutto scivoli nell’indifferenza e per tenere in vita la fiamma della solidarietà umana.

Sei Quattro è un romanzo lento e a tratti sembra assolutamente inconcludente, ma alla fine ogni elemento è funzionale e porta a farsi l’unica domanda importante: non “chi è stato?”, ma “come sta ogni personaggio toccato da questo terribile caso?”. ( )
  lasiepedimore | Dec 3, 2023 |
I am glad I read this but it was a difficult read. The pacing was incredibly slow and I felt that information about Japanese police procedure was often repeated unnecessarily. It was a mystery but just barely. It spent just as much time on the culture of police and its relationship to the press. Sometimes it was so slow I thought about giving up but then something great would explode onto the page. Overall I would call this a 3.5 and worth a read. the brilliant parts made up for the slow parts. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
*** This review contains a spoiler ***

Mikami is the director of Media Relations in a regional Japanese police prefecture, a job that he holds reluctantly, being a detective at heart. His job is made difficult by a recalcitrant press pack kicking up a stink over transparency, and his home life has been fraught since his daughter disappeared without a trace.

In the midst of all this, Mikami is told that the Commissioner is visiting from Tokyo and wants to make an announcement about the prefecture's most notorious case - codenamed Six Four - the abduction and murder of a seven-year-old girl that has been unsolved for 14 years. Mikami was involved in this case during his early years on the force. The Commissioner wants to visit the girl's father and make a staged press announcement in front of his house.

Nobody will tell Mikami why the Commissioner is coming and what this announcement will be. Knowing that he cannot embarrass the Commissioner, he does everything he can to find out, uncovering a can of worms full of police politics and cover-ups. At the same time, his team needs to get the obstreperous Press gallery onside as fast as possible so they will cover the Commissioner's visit appropriately, and they show no signs of co-operating.

This book excels as an exposition of Japanese police procedures and the complex culture that they operate in. Hierarchies, face and respect are vital concerns that Mikami must navigate to get at the truth. The role and conduct of formal apologies in the police's relationship with the public is revealed, something that I've not read of anywhere else.

The plot has a few very good twists but I think that, at 640 pages, it is longer than it needs to be. I also found it a bit confusing and difficult to follow. There is a large number of characters with similar names, and I had trouble keeping in mind who was who. There is a reason for that, related to the plot, but I still think it was too confusing and marred my enjoyment of the book.

Overall this is a very different kind of police procedural, both due to the Japanese culture that it goes into, and the fact that the protagonist is working from the press relations point of view rather than as an investigator. That's a unique device in my experience. ( )
  gjky | Apr 9, 2023 |
Ein verstörendes Buch nicht wegen der Krimi-Handlung sondern wegen der Beschreibung des Apparates und der japanischen Gesellschaft. Alles geht nur um Hierarchien und darum, das Gesicht nicht zu verlieren. Auch extrem patriarchalische Strukturen. Eine Welt, die völlig anders funktioniert als unsere. ( )
  Drapetsona | Jul 18, 2022 |
This is a tough book to rate because it seemed to be trying to do a lot of different things and I'm not sure what criteria to use to rate it. It is a bit of a thriller but also very much literature and a bit of a sociological look at Japanese bureaucracy and society. I enjoyed it even though it is a fairly long read and found the story to be compelling, but I'm not sure about how it was all wrapped up. That is more of an issue if it is a thriller than if it is literature. Anyway, I was choosing between 4 and 5 and went with 4. The book contains what may be one of the best written action/chase scenes I've ever read. I'm not sure why it worked so well but I think the attention to detail and the patience to go from step to step really paid off. A very interesting and enjoyable read. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
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(Lang)drøy spenning fra Japan
En japansk thriller? «Seks fire» er altfor lang, men også bryet verdt.
Mens vi følger Mikami inn i det byråkratiske vepsebolet blir Hideo Yokoyamas roman også en fortelling om Japan i samtiden – om blind tro på maktstrukturer og hierarki, om pliktfølelse, lojalistkrav og en villighet til underkastelse som kan sjokkere en leser. Men også om forholdet mellom menn og kvinner, også der viser Yokoyama frem elementer av underkastelse og beskyttelse, uten å bli moraliserende – bare tydelig sterkt beskrivende.
Det tar lang tid før «Seks fire» begynner å ligne en thriller i vanlig forstand, men når det først rører på seg og Mikamis endeløse sjelekvaler og spekulasjoner begynner å lede til konklusjoner, handling og resultater, blir boken også på spenningsplanet riktig interessant og medrivende – for ikke å si bevegende.
tilføjet af annek49 | RedigerNRK, Leif Ekle (Feb 21, 2019)
 
Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama review – riveting, slow-burn thriller
Hideo Yokoyama’s bestseller combines classic crime elements with a twisting journey to the heart of Japan’s police establishment.
At times, it is too easy to get lost in the morass of detail and characters and passionate concerns over issues it is hard to get worked up over. But the twist and the pay-off are worth the wait, and if the slightly misleading packaging means more people give this unique addition to the genre a try, then so much the better.
tilføjet af annek49 | RedigerThe Guardian, Alison Flood (Mar 1, 2016)
 

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"The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no reader could predict. For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities for their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he'd known what he would find. "--

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