The Last Train

Tokyo–a great place to live, a frightening place to die.
In a megalopolis of 40 million, how do you find one woman?

Detective Hiroshi Shimizu investigates white collar crime in Tokyo. When an American businessman turns up dead, his mentor Takamatsu calls him out to the site of his grisly murder. A glimpse from a security camera video suggests the killer was a woman, but in Japan, that seems unlikely. Hiroshi teams up with ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi to scour Tokyo’s sacred temples, skyscraper offices and industrial wastelands to find out why an average-seeming woman would be driven to murder. In the intricate, rigid hierarchies of Japan, inside information about real estate can travel in a flash from the top investment firms to street-level punks and teenage hostesses willing to sell their souls for a small cut of lucrative land deals.

The debut in this mystery-thriller series follows Hiroshi as he looks for one woman who dared enter Tokyo’s info-driven, male-dominated realm where the most expensive property in the world is bought and sold—regardless of the human toll.


About the Author

Michael Pronko is the award-winning author of three collections of essays about life in Tokyo. He has written about Japanese culture, art, jazz, society, architecture and politics for Newsweek Japan, The Japan Times, Artscape Japan, as well as other venues. He has appeared on NHK and Nippon Television and runs his own website, jazz in Japan ( He teaches American Literature and Culture at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo and after class wanders Tokyo contemplating its intensity.


The Last Train

Michael Pronko
ISBN 978-1-942410-12-6
Trade paperback/Mobi/Epub
346 pages  $15.99 Paper  $5.99 Ebook
Publication Date: May 31, 2017
Trim: 5.5×8.5
FIC031010    FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
FIC022080    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime

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Advance Praise for The Last Train

“An unrelenting portrayal of a strong female character driven to dark deeds in a foreign land—and the heart-pounding search to find her.” Publishers Daily Reviews

“An absorbing investigation and memorable backdrop put this series launch on the right track.” Kirkus Reviews

“For anyone who loves crime and cop novels, or Japanophiles in general, this is a terrific thriller. Fans of Barry Eisler’s early novels will find the same satisfactions here.” Blue Ink Review Starred review

“The Last Train is nothing short of electrifying, a masterpiece that combines action with humor and suspense.” Readers’ Favorite 5 out of 5 stars

“I would definitely recommend it to crime and murder mystery fans, especially those with an interest in Japanese culture.” Online Book Club 4 out of 4 stars

“Set in Tokyo, this exotic crime thriller is a lightning-fast chase to the finish line that’ll leave hearts pounding and pages turning.” Best Thrillers

“Written from knowledge rather than research, he knows a lot more than he has any need to tell us…brings the city gloriously to life.” The Bookbag 4 ½ stars

“…a well written and enticing look into the culture of Tokyo. The story behind Michiko Suzuki is compelling and engaging, you can’t help flipping the pages to see what she is going to do next and find out why her victims were chosen.” Literary Titan 5 stars




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