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Urder 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 sp 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 it can be read as a standalone book After reading this book I am definitely interested in reading the first book in the series I loved Obregon s style of writing and the way the writing sucks you into the book as if you are there living in the book yourselfInspector Iwata was a badass Inspector who sometimes broke the rules and did what he had to do to solve a case and get the job done I loved Iwata s personality and his view on things in the world Kosuke Iwata is a very likeable character and I enjoyed reading about his daily life both while he was working as an Inspector and while he was on his own downtime simply living his life like everyone elseIt was interesting to get the glimpses into his past not only of his own childhood growing up but about his life with his wife in Japan that has made him into the man he is today He get a better understanding of the obstacles and experiences he had over his life that have shaped and moulded him into the man he is nowThis book was an interesting read that grabs the reader s attention and demands it the whole way through to the very ending I enjoyed how the book incorporated different cultures countries lifestyles and characters into the book We are introduced to such a wide variety of characters and I really liked that about this book Some characters you will uite like and some characters you will absolutely despiseI definitely recommend this book A great read all the way through

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Illed 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

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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 Sins as PDFEPUBin 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 m 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


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 off

  2. says:

    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 investig

  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 fictio

  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 Nicolás Obregón 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

  5. says:

    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 the first novel in this series and was disappointed that this one moved away from Japan There are so many crime novels set in the US that I enjoy those set in other countries especially those with a culture so different to my own Great writing and storyline just not enamoured of the setti

  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 it can be read as a standalone book After reading this book I am definitely interested in reading the first book in the series I loved Obregon’s style of writing and the way the writing sucks you

  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 even all whilst completely changing the setting from Tokyo to Los AngelesA huge part of the reason

  8. says:

    Having been much impressed by Obregon’s first book Blue Light Yokohama featuring Japanese homicide detective Kosuke Iwata I’m d

  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 fro

  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 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

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