Goya Lane, written by Rich Jackson, is an intense thriller set in Japan. The book follows a police detective named Soji Hidaka as he tries to solve the disappearance and the ultimate murder of a young woman in Tokyo. As he digs deeper, he realizes that the MO matches that of a child abductor and serial killer named Misaki Okano, a former member of the infamous Aum Shinrikiyo doomsday cult that released poisonous sarin gas in a Tokyo subway in 1995. As Hidaka and his team further investigate and pursue Okano in the Tokyo subway system, he stumbles upon a sinister plot that involves a terrorist cell that is in the possession of a nuclear warhead. Now the police are in a race against time to stop the terrorists before they wreak havoc in Tokyo.
Goya Lane is an intense action thriller that is hard to put down. The plot is highly unpredictable and is full of suspense. Character development is also a very strong suit of the novel, as the reader takes a look not only into the mind of the good guys and their motivations but also into the mind of a serial killer-turned-terrorist.
I also liked the fact that Goya Lane is set in Japan. For me, reading a mystery and thriller set in another country is always an exhilarating experience, as I have very basic knowledge of their cultures and customs, and Jackson’s book is not an exception. He seems to have a very solid knowledge of Japanese culture, and it definitely shows throughout the book. Also, it was very interesting to see how detectives solve crimes in Japan and compare their methods to their American counterparts.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading Goya Lane. It offers everything I look for in a suspenseful thriller novel plus a trip to an exotic country.
|Page Count||422 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|