Occupied City, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is the second book in the acclaimed Tokyo Trilogy, from the author of GB84 and The Damned Utd.

Tokyo, January 26th, 1948. As the third year of the US Occupation of Japan begins, a man enters a downtown bank.

He speaks of an outbreak of dysentery and says he is a doctor, sent by the Occupation authorities.

Clear liquid is poured into sixteen teacups. Sixteen employees of the bank drink this liquid according to strict instructions.

Within minutes twelve of them are dead, the other four unconscious.

The man disappears along with some, but not all, of the bank's money. And so begins the biggest manhunt in Japanese history.

In Occupied City, David Peace dramatises and explores the rumours of complicity, conspiracy and cover-up that surround the chilling case of the Teikoku Bank Massacre: of the man who was convicted of the crime, of the legacy of biological warfare programmes, and of the victims and survivors themselves.


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This book is written in a really interesting and innovative way. A really good read for a book group there is a lot to discuss.

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mmm, well what to say? I enjoyed Tokyo Year Zero a great deal - the experimentation with form helped add to the feeling of brooding and collapse that underpinned the whole story. With this one though, I thought the experimentation undermined the atmosphere. Whilst I appreciate the attempt to recreate the style of Rashomon, and understand that every character would have a different perspective, none the less I couldn't work out the point of some of the characters at all. The Russian who suddenly appears as Voice Seven. The unnamed boss - the same boss as from Tokyo Year Zero? It seemed so - all of these took me on not particularly rewarding flights of speculation.And in the bridge sections between voices it seems as though Peace himself - if he is the writer referred to and presumably he is - seems to despair himself of properly tying the whole thing togetherIt held my attention - but ultimately left me unsatisfied. But a worthy attempt.

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