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The Moving Blade

Detective Hiroshi Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Robbie Belgrade
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins

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When the top American diplomat in Tokyo, Bernard Mattson, is killed, he leaves more than a lifetime of successful Japan-American negotiations. He leaves a missing manuscript, boxes of research, a lost keynote speech, and a tangled web of relations.

When his alluring daughter Jamie returns from America wanting answers and finding only threats, detective Hiroshi Shimizu is dragged from the safe confines of his office into the street-level realities of Pacific Rim politics.

With help from ex-sumo wrestler Sakaguchi, Hiroshi searches for the killer from back alley bars to government offices, through anti-nuke protests to military conspiracies. When two more bodies turn up, Hiroshi must choose between desire or duty and violence or procedure, before the killer silences his next victim.

The Moving Blade is the second in the Tokyo-based Detective Hiroshi series by award-winning author Michael Pronko. 

Awards for The Moving Blade

Named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Mysteries and Thrillers (2018)

Grand Prize Winner Chanticleer International Book Awards Global Thrillers (2018)

Gold Award Literary Titan Book Award (2018)

Five Star Honoree B.R.A.G. Medallion (2018)

Gold Award Independent Publisher Awards for Mystery (2019) 

Finalist Best Book Awards (2018) 

Finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards (2018) 

Honorable Mention Reader Views Literary Awards (2018-19)

©2017 Michael Pronko (P)2019 Michael Pronko

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  • 09-01-20

Michael Connelly Fans should give this one a try

The Moving Blade is the second book in the Detective Hiroshi series of Murder Mysteries and it has just been released in audiobook format, after it gathered quite a few awards since its initial publication date, more than two years ago.

I loved the first novel in this series, The Last Train, and when I saw that The Moving Blade was available in my favorite format, I jumped at the opportunity to listen and review it. Below you’ll find my short and spoiler free impressions about this great Thriller from one of my new favorite authors.

Michael Pronko is a Professor of literature at a prestigious Tokyo university and he has been living in Japan for more than 20 years. I found his insights into the Japanese culture very interesting and it is evident how much he loves and respects their customs and beliefs. All of the above are reflected once again in this well written story, making the experience richer and completely immersive for the intended audience.

When a high-ranking US diplomat is found dead in Tokyo and the signs indicate that the causes weren’t natural, Detective Hiroshi Shimizu of the Tokyo Police Department is sent to investigate, but when he meets the victim’s young and beautiful daughter, the investigation gets even more interesting.

Filled with drama, murder, conspiracies, a bit of romance, police work and even occasional comedy to ease the tension, The Moving Blade is a roller coaster of adventures that keeps the listener on the edge of his seat from the first minute to the last.

Talented voiceover artist Robbie Belgrade returns to this series for a second time and he does an excellent job bringing all the characters to life. Although he is relatively new in the industry, he delivers top-notch entertainment. I especially liked that he knows how to pronounce words and names in Japanese, offering an even more authentic and immersive narrative experience to the listener.

Fans of Michael Connelly should give this series a try, both The Last Train and The Moving Blade are excellent alternatives and a switch of scenery from Los Angeles to Tokyo could make the wait until the next Harry Bosch more bearable, not to mention that you’ll be hooked on a new, intriguing series…

I can’t wait for the next book from Michael Pronko!

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