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Review Sins as Scarlet

A dark brutal ride through the underbelly of LA Anthony Horowitz author of Magpie MurdersIn this follow up to Nicols Obregons critically acclaimed Blue Light Yokohama Inspector Iwata returnsin a murder case in his new home of Los AngelesAfter a brutal murder investigation ripped apart his life Kosuke Iwata uit both his job as a detective with the Tokyo Police Department and his country leaving Japan for the hopefully sunnier shores of Los Angeles California But even though hes left his old life behind he still has to make a living and Iwata sets up shop as a private investigator But murder stil. This the second in the fascinating series by Nicolas Obregon featuring the Japanese American Inspector Kosuke Iwata Kosuke has returned to Los Angeles after the dramatic turn of events in his last case in Japan He may have returned but he cannot escape his haunting and traumatic past He is now working as a private investigator following cheating spouses for a living Murder is to cross his path once when familial connections results in Charlotte Nichol demanding that he look into the murder of transgender 29 year old JulianMeredith whose dead body was found close to rail tracks Charlotte is unhappy with the LAPD investigation led by Detective Joseph Silke and Kosuke cannot refuse her he owes her as he takes on a case that is emotionally harrowing and heartbreaking which takes him to the US border country and MexicoKosuke s mother Nozomi lives close by and the two meet regularly but a barrier exists Kosuke cannot find it in his heart to forgive her for abandoning him as a child Nozomi s past in Japan is slowly revealed a story that ends in trauma Kosuke s wife Cleo and his daughter Nina s fate leaves him consumed by guilt and feeling overwhelmed by his sins excerpts of their tragic lives are interspersed in the narrative As Kosuke tries to find out about Meredith it soon becomes clear from the information acuired from his prosecutor friend Kate Floccari that someone is murdering transgender women He meets the enigmatic transgender Mara and tries to warn her of the danger she is in but to no avail When the case connects Meredith and others to surgeries carried out at Fox Hills Feminazation Kosuke follows the trail to Mexico to Cuidad Cabral and the US borderlands uncovering the most heinous of crimes and corruption the worst of humanity s underbelly preying on the desperate for profit with no compunction whatsoever Kosuke puts his life on the line as once again he finds himself in desperate danger but he is unwavering in his pursuit of the truth putting little value on his life this helps him assuage some of his own personal sins to reveal the damning scarlet blood drenched sins of others He eventually comes to understand what happened to his mother who his father is and has the opportunity dangled in front of him to gain vengeance but the mountain of suffering and tragedy that has unfolded around him pushes his energies in a different and fruitful direction This is fantastic storytelling with a grippingly flawed central character that has me determined to follow what happens to him next A brilliant read that I highly recommend Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC

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L follows him Approached by an old contact whose daughter has been murdered and the case laid to restunsolvedIwata agrees to take on the case out of loyalty But what seems initially like a cold blooded murder takes a different turn when a homeless witness recalls the murderers parting words Im sorryFrom the depths of Skid Row to the fatal expanse of the Sonoran Desert Iwata tracks the disparate pieces of a mysterious and heartbreaking puzzle But the he unearths the clearer it is that things are not as they appear and people are not as they seem Lives untangle fates converge and blood is spilled. My Rating 45 Five years ago he lost his family Now he may have found his redemption Sins As Scarlet is the second book from Nicol s Obreg n featuring former homicide detective Kosuke Iwata Just published by Michael Joseph it has been described by author Jeffery Deaver as a masterpiece a classic noir a psychological thriller and a riveting examination sometimes dark sometimes moving to the point of tears of life in a less than angelic Los Angeles Nicol s Obreg n s first book Blue Light Yokohama set mainly in Japan garnered some great praise so I was thrilled to receive a copy of Sins As Scarlet to reviewAs I began to read Sins As Scarlet I was immediately immersed in a world that was both frightening and exhilarating The prologue is set on the Mexican United States border and the scene described is shocking I knew from those first few pages that this was going to be my type of of bookNicol s Obreg n is a writer I was unaware of until recently and I have to ask why is this With such a uniue approach his style is reminiscent of another era yet also very current with the societal issues he deals with As I researched the author it came as no surprise that Philip Marlowe was an influence from a young age In reading the book it was very easy for me to see a Humphrey Bogart type lead playing the role of the main character Kosuke Iwata He is a man that has a darkness and unease about him a man with a past He suffered some great loss in his life which does unfold with the pages and it is this continued need for righteousness that drives him forwardNo longer a homicide detective Iwata now runs a Private Investigation business in Los Angeles He has left his life in the Japanese police force behind and now spends his days in an almost solitary existence assisting his clients with his skills as a Private Eye under the LA sun Iwata understood the importance of heritage he just didn t care much about home or where it could be found he d done without for the better part of forty years Here in California he was Japanese In Japan he was an outsider When the body of Meredith Nichol is discovered the sister of Iwata s wife and also a transgender woman Iwata finds himself delving into the underbelly of LA s darker side for answersNicol s Obreg n takes the reader into a very dark world a place where evil lurks and where hatred and racism is rife The death of Meredith is initially treated as a hate crime a crime against the Trans community but as Iwata soon discovers there is a hidden world where abhorrent and shocking activities are taking placeIwata in his own eyes has nothing to lose so he jumps right into this warren of evilness with the swagger of one who just doesn t care any This attitude makes Iwata a very lethal adversary indeed Iwata is a very complex character and his past follows him wherever he goes His relationship with his mother is very strained and as the novel progresses we get an insight into her history and the reasons for her difficulties in having a mother son emotional connection with IwataObreg n has taken Iwata and built a very sophisticated and multi layered character There is a great depth to his psyche with his thoughts and feeling portrayed so powerfully by the authorWhen reading Sins As Scarlet I grappled for words to describe the experience but to be honest I think Jeffery Deaver s words are best A Classic Noir Sins As Scarlet is a highly astute and perceptive novel as the author raises the extremely topical issues of immigration transgender corruption violence exploitation murder and of course human nature I can honestly say I was uite blown away with the style of writing and when I read that Obreg n is currently researching a possible project based in 1950 s Spain and two further Iwata novels I just may have done a little danceIntense Harrowing Riveting

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As Inspector Iwata returns More Praise for Sins as Scarlet Masterpiecethats the only way to describe Sins as Scarlet Obregns brilliant novel is at once a classic noir a psychological thriller and a riveting examinationsometimes dark sometimes moving to the point of tearsof life in a less than angelic Los Angeles And what a delight to see Inspector Kosuke Iwata back again You will love every minute spent with this one of a kind hero Jeffery Deaver New York Times bestselling author of The Burial HourIn the heady tradition of Raymond Chandler and Michael Connelly Sins as Scarlet lays bare the bru. Having been much impressed by Obregon s first book Blue Light Yokohama featuring Japanese homicide detective Kosuke Iwata I m delighted to report that Sins As Scarlet is even better So much so that it has parachuted its way into my top five reads of the year so farKosuke Iwata is a powerfully constructed character shaped and formed but with an underlying sense of self uestioning by his dual heritage and the collision of west and east almost fighting for supremacy in his identity He has had a troubled past in terms of his upbringing and former estrangement from his mother and has undoubtedly been tarnished emotionally by his fraught and ultimately destructive marriage This book effectively straddles all of these relationships providing an offshoot of narratives concerning his mother and wife and cleverly by what we observe of their own characteristics gives us a broader understanding of Iwata himself as a man a son a husband and a father too I felt that sometimes I was observing him through a prism when it came to his emotional and personal identity and the only real clarity in his character came through his professional role as a private investigator I liked the way Obregon did this and how Iwata then became a man of contradictions and certain notions about his morality integrity and so on were undermined by his interactions with and influence of the women in his life An extremely interesting character beautifully rendered but undercut with a sense of personal tragedy and a tangible lack of belongingSimilarly to the first book I admire Obregon s willingness to tackle big issues head on showing no fear or favour and opening the reader s eyes to aspects of society that some would rather ignore I think Obregon achieves this cleverly in two ways First the straightforward narrative of murder within the transgender community and Iwata s later and harrowing experience traversing the desert from Mexico to the USA which neatly encompasses the experiences of two groups of people that society as a whole are prone to vilify Secondly through the psycho geography element of the book where Obregon neatly uses the course of Iwata s investigation to crisscross Los Angeles taking us on a tour of myriad neighbourhoods divided by race and social ineuality that show not only the singularly uniue makeup of the city but the gritty reality behind the showbiz exterior I found these wanderings of Iwata absolutely fascinating and the little factual nuggets of Los Angeles life that these give rise to summed up by the assertion that Kosuke Iwata had gotten used to the staggered pockets of city that made up Los Angeles as his investigation becomes ever difficult and personalHaving become increasingly annoyed with a recent upsurge in the decrying of crime fiction as somehow inferior to literary fiction this is where a book such as this is worth its weight in gold As author Jon Courtenay Grimwood commented on my social media rant on the subject saying Crime novels specialise in asking the hard uestions and this is what Obregon deftly shows here Sins As Scarlet is not only compelling as a thriller should be but has layers of scrutiny and observation on the themes of race gender roles social division migration and which makes it punchy and thought provoking and at times exceptionally moving Highly recommended


10 thoughts on “Sins as Scarlet

  1. says:

    Never be content to sit back and watch as others' rights are trampled upon Your rights could be next” ― DaShanne StokesOne of the things that I enjoyed about Nicolás Obregón’s previous book ‘Blue Light Yokohama’ was that it was set in Japan and therefore afforded new experiences for the reader His latest offering ‘Sins As Scarlet’ is set in LA but you know something? I enjoyed this one just as much I guess that means that it

  2. says:

    This the second in the fascinating series by Nicolas Obregon featuring the Japanese American Inspector Kosuke I

  3. says:

    It’s not very often that I find myself moved when I’m reading Crime Fiction it’s usually a rare occurrence but a totally appreciated one when it does happen and Obregon managed to touch a part of my soul with his painfully beautiful writing and stunning imagery It was a little like reading high brow literary fiction without th

  4. says:

    My Rating 45 Five years ago he lost his family Now he may have found his redemption’ Sins As Scarlet is the second book from Nicol

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    Second outing for Japanese detective He's now back the USA where he grew up and working as a PI in Los Angeles To be honest I loved

  6. says:

    Review can be found on my blog here you to the publisher Minotaur Books for sending me a free physical copy of this bookThis was the first book I have read by Nicolas Obregon and even though this was a second book in the Inspector Iwata series

  7. says:

    uite honestly this was as faultless as a second novel in a series can ever beAlthough I thought Blue Light Yokohama was one of the best crime novels of the past few years this seuel expanded everything there was to love and loathe about the characters and the story and somehow Nicolás Obregón has managed to grip me with this one

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    Having been much impressed by Obregon’s first book Blue Light Yokohama featuring Japanese homicide detective Kosuke Iwata I’m delighted to report that Sins As Scarlet is even better So much so that it has parachuted its way into my top five reads of the year so farKosuke Iwata is a powerfully constructed character shaped and formed but with an underlying sense of self uestioning by his dual heritage and the collis

  9. says:

    I am a huge fan of diverse novels and you don’t really get many diverse than Sins As Scarlet It features a variety of characters

  10. says:

    Really I give this a 45 It is a crime or detective novel There is a definite crime committed and a private or professiona