People Who Eat Darkness - Richard Lloyd Parry

People Who Eat Darkness

By Richard Lloyd Parry

  • Release Date: 2012-05-22
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4
4
From 204 Ratings

Description

Lucie Blackman—tall, blond, twenty-one years old—stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever. The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, covered Lucie's disappearance and followed the massive search for her, the long investigation, and the even longer trial. Over ten years, he earned the trust of her family and friends, won unique access to the Japanese detectives and Japan's convoluted legal system, and delved deep into the mind of the man accused of the crime, Joji Obara, described by the judge as "unprecedented and extremely evil."

The result is a book at once thrilling and revelatory, "In Cold Blood for our times" (Chris Cleave, author of Incendiary and Little Bee).

The People Who Eat Darkness is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012

Reviews

  • Great Book!!

    5
    By ReleaseNYC
    This book was a beautifully written and very detailed account of a horrific and unusual crime. The author gives a fair and balanced account of a family's reaction to the disappearance of a loved one in a foreign country. It's a haunting story that I continued to ponder even after I finished the book.
  • Great book

    5
    By WTF123456789
    This is the best book I have read in a very long time. I felt the victims' families' pain, through this book. Although the author tends to ramble, at times, this is a very compelling literary work.
  • Easy read, informative as well as captivating

    4
    By Ajoyner70
    While the book jumps around quite a bit, it holds your attention, provides interesting anecdotes of Japanese and British culture and keeps you on the roller coaster ride of an almost decade long journey for justice. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it!
  • Provocative

    4
    By rudydot
    Varied information from history and culture of police system to wartime inner action between Japan, China and Korea, and many other esoteric topics was fascinating to me. Clearly written as a tale of corruption and murder--but with a few incomplete and loose ends concerning related, interlaced tales.
  • People Who Eat Darkness

    5
    By Slow cook Cat
    Captivating and very well written. Many questions come up while reading this book. Anyone with Lucie's upbringing and background should have realized that what she was doing as a " hostess" was wrong and would lead to trouble. She was preying on the insecurities of dysfunctional, obsessed individuals. Even if sex was not involved her actions were immoral. She was taking money under the pretense that she was attracted to these clients. I think that she knew it was wrong and that this awareness is what was causing her depression. It is unfortunate that her parents didn't manage some meaningful intervention before her death. Obara was ill and she preyed on his sickness they were both destroyed in the same game.
  • People who eat darkness

    3
    By Meadowswoman
    I read many many true-crime novels. This was way too long and drawn out but still it drew me in. Of course the true case was way too long and drawn out, also. Back to Ann Rule.
  • Could not put down

    5
    By alexmiller70
    Extensively researched and documented account of a horrific crime, the book covers the subject from every possible angle. Thoroughly enjoyed and could not put down. Great read.