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El 5 de julio de 1949 la Ocupación tenía resaca. El Japón ocupado militarmente por los Estados Unidos se despierta de los festejos del Cuatro de Julio con una preocupante noticia: Sadanori Shimoyama, el presidente de la Empresa Nacional de Ferrocarriles, el hombre que adora los trenes, ha desaparecido. Sobre él pesan amenazas de muerte tras anunciar cien mil despidos. Shimoyama es pieza clave para que todo siga funcionando bajo la Ocupación, para que el país ame a sus nuevos amos, para que no estalle la tercera guerra mundial. El general Willoughby, mano derecha del comandante supremo MacArthur, su fascista favorito, encarga al detective Harry Sweeney que centre todos los recursos disponibles en encontrar a Shimoyama.
En 1964, mientras el país prepara los Juegos Olímpicos, al expolicía Hideki Murota, le encargan averiguar qué ha sido de Roman Kuroda, escritor obsesionado con el misterio Shimoyama. Su editor le ha dado un cuantioso anticipo para que escriba el gran libro sobre el caso y el plazo del contrato está a punto de expirar.
Y en el otoño de 1988, mientras el emperador Hirohito agoniza, Donald Reichenbach, el prestigioso traductor estadounidense afincado en Japón, recibe la visita de una joven compatriota. Viene a exigirle información sobre los lejanos días en los que el joven Reichenbach trabajaba para el contraespionaje americano en el país del sol naciente.
Tokio Redux es la historia de tres hombres atrapados en la locura que envuelve el caso Shimoyama, una espectacular novela negra de corte clásico a la que David Peace ha dedicado diez años y que pone broche de oro a su Trilogía de Tokio.
El relato intercala estas funestas jornadas con la narración de la trepidante trayectoria de un joven Clough, que, tras sufrir una temprana lesión que lo apartó prematuramente de los terrenos de juego y de dirigir al Hartlepool, logró que un Derby County por el que nadie daba un duro fuera campeón de Segunda División en la temporada 1968-1969 y se coronara campeón de Primera en 1972, gesta que convirtió a Clough y a su segundo entrenador, Peter Taylor, en leyendas.
Con una prosa adusta y obsesiva que reinventa el "stream of consciousness" joyceano y bebe del particular estilo de Thomas Bernhard, Peace erige el retrato de un hombre enloquecido por una ambición desmedida, iracundo y crápula, despótico y vengativo, que conmocionó y fascinó a partes iguales a los ingleses desde los banquillos, los platós de televisión y las columnas de la prensa deportiva. A partir de un exhaustivo proceso de documentación, Peace reconstruye en esta sobresaliente obra de ficción documentada algunos de los días más aciagos e intensos del fútbol británico.
Maldito United está considerada una de las mejores novelas jamás escritas sobre el fútbol.
'We all know what this could be: we know it could be dysentery, we know it could be typhoid. In the Occupied City, we all know what this could mean -'
Tokyo, January 26th, 1948. As the third year of the US Occupation of Japan begins, a man enters a downtown bank. He speaks of an outbreak of dysentery and says he is a doctor, sent by the Occupation authorities, to treat anyone who might have been exposed.
Clear liquid is poured into sixteen teacups. Sixteen employees of the bank drink this liquid according to strict instructions. Within minutes twelve of them are dead, the other four unconscious. The man disappears along with some, but not all, of the bank's money. And so begins the biggest manhunt in Japanese history.
In Occupied City, David Peace dramatises and explores the rumours of complicity, conspiracy and cover-up that surround the chilling case of the Teikoku Bank Massacre: of the man who was convicted of the crime, of the legacy of biological warfare programmes, and of the victims and survivors themselves.
The second part of his acclaimed Tokyo Trilogy - and an extraordinary picture of a city in mourning - Occupied City is further evidence of a singular and formidable novelist.
One of Mike Atherton's 'Top Ten Best Sports Books' in The Times
In 1974 the brilliant and controversial Brian Clough made perhaps his most eccentric decision: he accepted the Leeds United manager's job. As successor to Don Revie, his bitter adversary, he was to last only 44 days. In one of the most acclaimed novels of this or any other year, David Peace takes us into the mind and thoughts of Ol'Big'Ead himself, and brings vividly to life one of post-war Britain's most complex and fascinating characters.
Tokyo, July 1949. The president of the National Railways of Japan vanishes. As American and Japanese investigators scrambled for answers, the case went cold--and it remains unsolved to this day. In Tokyo Redux, celebrated crime writer David Peace channels drama, research, and intrigue into this strikingly intelligent fictionalization of Japan's most enduring and haunting mystery.
Spanning decades, Peace's novel reveals how the lives of three men all come to revolve around the same inexpicable disappearance. Starting in American-occupied Tokyo, where tension and confusion reign, American detective Harry Sweeney leads the missing-person investigation for General MacArthur's GHQ. Fifteen years later, as Tokyo prepares for the global spotlight as host of the summer Olympics, private investigator Murota Hideki--who was a policeman during the Occupation--is confronted by this very same case, and is forced to address something he's been hiding for more than a decade. And twenty-plus years after that, as Emperor Shōwa lays dying, Donald Reichenbach, an aging American eking out a living in Japan teaching and translating, discovers that the final reckoning of the greatest mystery of the era is now in his hands.
The concluding installment of Peace’s acclaimed Tokyo Trilogy, Tokyo Redux is a page-turning portrait of post-World War II Tokyo and an inside look into a storied crime that continues to haunt multiple generations.
Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. Christmas bombs and Lord Lucan on the run, Leeds United and the Bay City Rollers, The Exorcist and It Ain't Half Hot Mum.
It's winter, 1974, Yorkshire, and Eddie Dunford's got the job he wanted - crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He didn't know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan's wings stitched into her back.
In Nineteen Seventy Four, David Peace brings the passion and stylistic bravado of an Ellroy novel to this terrifyingly intense journey into a secret history of sexual obsession and greed, and starts a highly acclaimed crime series that has redefined how the genre is approached.
If you thought fiction couldn't get darker than David Peace's extraordinary debut, Nineteen Seventy Four, then think again. Nineteen Seventy Seven, the second instalment of the Red Riding Quartet, is one long nightmare. Its heroes - the half decent copper Bob Fraser and the burnt-out hack Jack Whitehead - would be considered villains in most people's books. Fraser and Whitehead have one thing in common though, they're both desperate men dangerously in love with Chapeltown prostitutes.
And as the summer moves remorselessly towards the bonfires of Jubilee Night, the killings accelerate and it seems as if Fraser and Whitehead are the only men who suspect or care that there may be more than one killer at large. Out of the horror of true crime, David Peace has fashioned a work of terrible beauty. Like James Ellroy before him, David Peace tells us the true and fearsome secret history of our times.
Nineteen Eighty Three's three intertwining storylines see the Quartet's central themes of corruption and the perversion of justice come to a head as BJ, the rent boy from Nineteen Seventy Four, the lawyer Big John Piggott - who's as near as you get to a hero in Peace's world - and Maurice Jobson, the senior cop whose career of corruption and brutality has set all this in motion, find themselves on a collision course that can only end in a terrible vengeance.
Nineteen Eighty Three is an epic tale which concluded an extraordinary body of work confirming Peace as the most innovative and remarkable new British crime writer to have emerged for years.
In 1959, Liverpool Football Club were in the Second Division. Liverpool Football Club had never won the FA Cup. Fifteen seasons later, Liverpool Football Club had won three League titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup. Liverpool Football Club had become the most consistently successful team in England. And the most passionately supported club. Their manager was revered as a god.Destined for immortality. Their manager was Bill Shankly. His job was his life. His life was football. His football a form of socialism. Bill Shankly inspired people. Bill Shankly transformed people. The players and the supporters.His legacy would reveberate through the ages.
In 1974, Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly stood on the verge of even greater success. In England and in Europe. But in 1974, Bill Shankly shocked Liverpool and football. Bill Shankly resigned. Bill Shankly retired.
Red or Dead is the story of the rise of Liverpool Football Club and Bill Shankly. And the story of the retirement of Bill Shankly. Of one man and his work. And of the man after that work. A man in two halves. Home and away. Red or dead.