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Tokyo Traffic

Michael Pronko

Raked Gravel Press, 325 pages, (ebook) $9.99, 9781942410218
(Reviewed: June, 2020)

Michael Pronko’s Tokyo Traffic, the third in his compelling crime series featuring Tokyo police detective Hiroshi Shimizu, revolves around human trafficking and the use of undocumented and underaged foreign women in Japanese porn movies.

The novel opens with a grisly scene: three people brutally murdered in a warehouse where porn films were made. Thai woman […]

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The Moving Blade

Michael Pronko

Raked Gravel Press, 318 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781942410164
(Reviewed: September, 2018)

From the beginning of The Moving Blade, Michael Pronko exposes readers to theft, murder and international diplomacy. The unease they provoke never diminishes in this riveting mystery set in Tokyo.

Hiroshi Shimizu officially works in the Tokyo homicide department but spends most of his time investigating white-collar crime from his cramped office. Because he’s bilingual, […]

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The Last Train: A Tokyo Mystery

Michael Pronko

Raked Gravel Press, 348 pages, (paperback) $15.99, 9781942410126
(Reviewed: May, 2017)

The Last Train wastes no time grabbing the reader’s attention: It opens with a mysterious Japanese woman who leads her hapless American victim to a Tokyo subway station, then pushes him into the oncoming last train of the night.

After this breathtaking start, we meet police detective Hiroshi Shimizu, still recovering from a […]

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