Running from a life she didn’t choose, in a city she doesn’t know Sukanya, a young Thai girl, loses herself in the vastness of Tokyo. With her Bangkok street smarts, and some stolen money, she stays ahead of her former captors who will do anything to recover the computer she took. After befriending Chiho, a Japanese girl living in an internet café, Sukanya makes plans to rid herself of her pursuers, and her past, forever.
In Tokyo, street smarts aren’t always enough
Meanwhile, Detective Hiroshi Shimizu leaves the safe confines of his office to investigate a porn studio where a brutal triple murder took place. The studio’s accounts point him in multiple directions at once. Together with ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi and old-school Takamatsu, Hiroshi tracks the killers through Tokyo’s music clubs and teen hangouts, bayside docks and byways, straight into the underbelly of the global economy.
As bodies wash up from Tokyo Bay, Hiroshi tries to find the Thai girl at the center of it all, whose name he doesn’t even know. He uncovers a human trafficking ring and cryptocurrency scammers whose connections extend to the highest levels of Tokyo’s power elite.
TOKYO TRAFFIC is the third in the Tokyo-based Detective Hiroshi series by award-winning author Michael Pronko.
Praise for THE LAST TRAIN
Winner Shelf Unbound Best Independently Published Book
Solo Medalist Winner New Apple E-Book Awards for Mystery
Winner Best Mystery Book Excellence Awards for Mystery
Winner Independent Press Award for Mystery and for Thriller
“A flawless, dark, atmospheric mystery set in Tokyo. Our judges couldn’t put this novel down.” Shelf Unbound Competition
“An absorbing investigation and memorable backdrop put this series launch on the right track.” Kirkus Reviews
“Tokyo comes to vivid life in this taut thriller, an unrelenting portrayal of a strong female character and the heart-pounding search to find her.” Publishers Daily Reviews
“A heartfelt, thoughtful ode to a strange and beautiful city, in the way that so many classic detective novels are. Lyrically written with plenty of suspense.” Indie Reader
Praise for THE MOVING BLADE
Named One of Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Mysteries and Thrillers
Grand Prize Winner Chanticleer International Book Awards Global Thrillers
Winner Independent Press Award for Crime Fiction
Gold Award Independent Publisher Awards for Mystery
“A true page turner with main characters that come alive with intelligence, curiosity and imperfections.” Blue Ink Review
“One of the year’s best thrillers. A string of grisly murders, high stakes geopolitics and the prose of a master craftsman elevate this crime thriller to rarefied air.” Best Thrillers
“This book made it to my favorites list before I even finished reading it. Suspense and intrigue from the very first chapter.” Literary Titan
“For anyone with a fascination or even a curiosity about Japan, this is a great crime novel.” Crime Fiction Lover
“A powerfully written crime novel; often stark and unsettling, the characters spring off the page.” The Wishing Shelf