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'Tokyo Year Zero' Gets Under Readers' Skin

Some thrillers hit you over the head. But David Peace's latest post-war novel, Tokyo Year Zero, is more subtle.

Peace has written half a dozen books that were well-received in England. His first American release is full of sound effects that reflect the intense mental state of his main character and punctuate the detective's personal quest to dampen his nightmares in a horrified, humiliated city.

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