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Headless The thrilling and imaginative debut novel by Tristram Lowe
"Tristram Lowe’s novel, Headless, is a captivating mystery with just the right touch of paranormal and is a great read for those who enjoy a bit of gore, historical fiction, and mythology in their mysteries." — Portland Book Review
A serial killer is collecting heads in Japan. When an unlikely pair of journalists investigate, the story creeps into the dark and uncertain world of the supernatural.
Akio Tsukino is a photographer stuck in the back pages of the Dainichi Daily in Tokyo. He sees the story as a front-page opportunity and maneuvers his way on it. It never occurs to him he'd find himself in the path of a monster.
Masami Sato, a top staff writer on the police beat, is a tenacious woman going toe-to-toe with men in a male-dominated arena. She’s being sent to the nearby city of Kofu to get the scoop.
As they struggle to get along, and ghost stories of evil samurai become the order of the day, Akio and Masami soon realize that the price for getting the story may be their own heads.
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"Headless...manages to meld elements of crime procedurals, buddy comedies, horror, thrillers, and historical fiction... The mystery and sharp writing will keep you turning the pages...the author gives you countless interesting little details and reflections that will stick with you long after your first read. Highly recommended!" — Amazon review
"Headless is an exciting supernatural thriller with a dash of light-hearted comedy that explores a story and setting far more unique than your typical book in this genre. I was immediately drawn in from the first paragraph and couldn't put it down until the end." — Amazon review
"if you like Japanese culture, Swords, Supernatural and a good mystery, definitely check out Headless!" — Amazon review
"What a page turner! ... brings crime drama to a fascinating new place. The characters are beautifully drawn, the structure guiding them inevitably toward the wild conclusion." — Amazon review
"Lowe's writing style is that of a more seasoned writer. Where a lot of beginning writer's prose is often stilted and uneven, Lowe's is fluid and confident." — Amazon review
"Continuously enthralling, this is a book I would recommend to just about anyone." — Amazon review
"a mystery with paranormal elements that was fast paced and thought provoking. The characters were in depth and there was a slight comedic undertone that I liked very much." — Goodreads review
"I love a good mystery with a supernatural twist and Headless delivered!" — Goodreads review
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