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Tokyo Noir 

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C.J. Hellman is the author of The Tiger’s Gate, the first book in the Oshima Tokyo Noir thriller series. Somewhat to his surprise, he has spent a large part of his life in Japan, and draws upon his knowledge and understanding of the culture in his writing. When he’s not writing the Oshima Tokyo Noir thriller series, he lectures at university in Japan and has also published a book of translations.

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Book 1 in the Oshima Tokyo Noir Series:
The Tiger's Gate

An injured veteran. A murdered neighbour. And the search for a stolen lacquer bowl. 


The year is 1938. After two years of fighting in China, Lt. Oshima Kai is back in Tokyo and out of the army for good, injured in the line of duty. He thought he was settling into a quiet life, but when a neighbour is found dead, he is drawn into the hunt for the murderer, and a missing work of art.

Coming May 27th 2024

The Tiger's Gate

‘No-one is responsible for these things. We all have our own fates.’ 

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