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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 still 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 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 brui Really I give this a 45 It is a crime or detective novel There is a definite crime committed and a private or professional investigator on the trail But it is so much The writing is superb Oregon manages three separate storylines plus part of a novella with perfect balance The overall theme seems to be about belonging or not belonging to a group a family a community a country It is a study of belonging and not belonging including transgender people the homeless sex workers the mentally ill and immigrants both documented and undocumented It is moving and without self pity I loved the first novel of this series and was not let down by this one I have become uite attached to Kosuke Iwata and hope to see where he goes from here 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’s the protagonist Inspector Kosuke Iwata that is the main attractionFormer homicide detective Kosuke is now working in LA as a private investigator mainly covering the mundane 'cheating spouse' cases but all that is about to change when his wife's sister Meredith is found strangled on the train tracks in a seedy part of town Was she targeted because she was transgender or was she in the wrong place at the wrong time? Well that's what Kosuke will have to find out but in the process he discovers that LA is not the eponymous 'City of Angels' but a very dark and dangerous place that will lead him to the depths of hell before he's doneThis book deals with some really important and sensitive issues not least gender exploitation corruption and man's inhumanity to man human rights abuse comes very much under the microscope The trail will take Kosuke from the underbelly of LA to the desert landscapes of the Mexican borderlands with some heartbreaking scenes that are hard to witness as part of his journeyI'm really beginning to love Kosuke Iwata he's far from perfect but there's a lot of love hiding behind that gruff and angry exterior The author has really developed his characters this time around including compelling details about Kosuke’s mother and if you've not read the wonderful 'Blue Light Yokohama' don't worry as there is sufficient back story to read this one as a standalone The plot was extremely involved yet gripping and the author writes with great clarity it was easy flowing and matter of fact and even though Kosuke's view of his own personal life leaves little time for anything or anyone else Obregón manages to bring great appeal to his protagonist Would definitely recommend Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange 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 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 the pretentiousness and with way gritThe real appeal of this one for me was two fold the main character Iwata was just the kind of damaged and broken leading man that always gets under my skin and then there was the setting When an author can make me truly feel the location they’re describing and make it a living breathing entity I am blown away and Obregon did a phenomenal job creating a strong sense of place It takes place mainly in LA and this isn’t the glittering mecca we’ve all seen on TV this is the dark underbelly the very depths of humanityOne last thing that made this a standout was that you can clearly see this is written by an author who is not only extremely talented but he has a social conscience This examines the marginalized community of transgender individuals and it was explored in a sensitive yet honest and raw manner It was also diverse with Iwata being Japanese and I learned some interesting things about the culture and their traditions that was really cool This whole book was just really cool it mixed a modern vibe with current social issues with an old school noir style that is entirely the authors ownSins as Scarlet in three words Intoxicating Smooth and Sophisticated

  • Audiobook
  • Sins as Scarlet
  • Nicolás Obregón
  • 10 December 2015
  • 9781250223784

About the Author: Nicolás Obregón

Nicolás Obregón is a Londoner a Madrileño and a full time writer His first novel Blue Light Yokohama was published in 2017 across the UK US Czechia and The Netherlands It is set to be published in France Germany Spain and Russia in 2018The novel was conceived two days shy of his 30th birthday while travelling on a bullet train from Hiroshima to KyotoObregón is currently working on the

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