Half Life


A missing girl. A natural disaster. A teenager who won’t give up. Hana Walker is a 19-year-old waitress who is struggling to put the pieces of her life back together after the deaths of her English father and Japanese mother. But when she decides to help a jilted American father find Emi, his beloved daughter abducted in Japan, Hana discovers that taking matters into her own hands leaves her on the wrong side of the law — and the yakuza. Now she faces her severest danger, as the country is devastated by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Time is running out. Is her tenacity, smartphone prowess and love of natto enough to find a lost girl in a nation reeling from disaster? Can Hana stay out of the hands of the police long enough to find her before the yakuza do? Read Half Life, the thrilling debut mystery by an insightful writer on contemporary Japan.

Apologies for the blurb, it’s just I’m quite chuffed that I’ve published Hana Walker’s first novel under my own name.

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This book was first published last year to Kindle under the more ungainly title Hana Walker’s Half-Life 2:46 and under my internet alias Our Man in Abiko. This time round the changes are largely cosmetic, but I think significant.

If you enjoy the book, I’d really appreciate a review at Amazon because reader reviews, the odd tweet or email and this blog are about the only PR I do. Hey, you’d rather I spent time writing more books than faffing about with marketing, right?


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