Remarkable ... What Yokoyama has produced is an astonishing innovation: a journalism procedural that reads with the thrilling immediacy of a crime novel ... what makes this book a compelling page-turner is the sincere front-line authenticity with which he depicts reporters struggling to get their story out and do their job well ... It might sound like a flimsy premise for a thrilling page-turner, but Yokoyama turns it into a masterpiece ... Moral and logistical dilemmas faced by the reporters turn into nail-biting page-turners ... a thrilling, thought-provoking, and important book, and one for anyone who cares about the state of journalism.
With its steady pace and large cast of characters, this is a thriller only in the loosest sense and demands patience. As in the earlier Six Four, Yokoyama carefully structures his novel to provide an astringent, unforgiving picture of modern Japanese society.
Be careful about recommending this one. It is not much of a thriller ... Readers interested in understanding the waning days of the newspaper business will find much to ponder in this darkly humorous tale, but steer mainstream thriller fans in another direction.