He's a master.
Yokoyama possesses that elusive trait of a first-rate novelist: the ability to grab readers' interest and never let go.
Not just a police procedural but a guide book to Japan.
Very different, in tone, narrative, and style, from almost anything out there.
Seventeen is a brilliant novel on any level - it's a gripping page turner, while remaining moving and complex. It's a deeply satisfying read and it will be a while before I read anything as good.
Yokoyama's successor to the mesmeric Six Four is every bit as ambitious and compelling. Reinventing the genre of the investigative thriller to create something rich and strange.
An astringent, unforgiving picture of modern Japanese society.