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Book Talk

“People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman”

Tuesday, September 13, 2011   19:30 - 21:00

  • Richard Lloyd Parry

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

The seven months in between had seen a massive search for the missing girl, involving Japanese policemen, British private detectives, Australian dowsers and Lucie’s desperate, but bitterly divided, parents. As the case unfolded, it drew the attention of prime ministers and sado-masochists, ambassadors and con-men, and reporters from across the world. Had Lucie been abducted by a religious cult, or snatched by human traffickers? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet? And what did her work, as a hostess in a Roppongi night club, really involve?

Richard Lloyd Parry, award-winning Tokyo correspondent of The Times, has followed the case since Lucie’s disappearance. Over the course of a decade, he has traveled to four continents to interview those caught up in the story, fought off a legal attack in the Japanese courts, and worked undercover as a barman in a Roppongi strip club.

With the finesse of a novelist, he reveals the astonishing truth about Lucie and her fate. He has talked exhaustively to her friends and family and won unique access to the Japanese detectives who investigated the case. And he has delved into the mind and background of the man accused of the crime – Joji Obara, described by the judge as ‘unprecedented and extremely evil’.

The Daily Mail called People Who Eat Darkness “an extraordinary book which stands as far above the ‘true crime’ label as Paradise Lost does above the category ‘verse.'” The Financial Times described it as “a work not only of page-turning intensity but also of touching sensitivity and deep insight”. The book was long-listed for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize. Don’t miss the chance to hear Richard Lloyd Parry on what is already one of the most talked about publishing events of the year.

Date & Time:
Tuesday, September 13, 2011   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
2F, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Kyle Cleveland (ICAS Associate Director)
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Richard Lloyd Parry