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Prior to writing crime novels, Hideo Yokoyama worked at the Jomo Shimbun newspaper in Gunma Prefecture for 12 years, first as a police reporter and then as a desk editor. The police beat, and the relationship between the police and press is central to the complex machinations in “Six Four,” Yokoyama’s first novel to be translated into English.

Published originally in two volumes in 2012, “Six Four” was hugely popular in Japan. The English translation combines the two books into one, and is heavy enough to break a shelf.

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