People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

People Who Eat Darkness The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up Lucie Blackman tall blond twenty one years old stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of and disappeared forever The following winter her dismembered remains were found buried i

  • Title: People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
  • Author: Richard Lloyd Parry
  • ISBN: 9781466820029
  • Page: 439
  • Format: ebook
  • Lucie Blackman tall, blond, twenty one years old stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.Richard Lloyd Parry, an award winning foreign correspondent, covered Lucie s disappearance and followed the massive search for her, the long investigation, aLucie Blackman tall, blond, twenty one years old stepped out into the vastness of Tokyo in the summer of 2000, and disappeared forever The following winter, her dismembered remains were found buried in a seaside cave.Richard Lloyd Parry, an award winning foreign correspondent, covered Lucie s disappearance and followed the massive search for her, the long investigation, and the even longer trial Over ten years, he earned the trust of her family and friends, won unique access to the Japanese detectives and Japan s convoluted legal system, and delved deep into the mind of the man accused of the crime, Joji Obara, described by the judge as unprecedented and extremely evil The result is a book at once thrilling and revelatory, In Cold Blood for our times Chris Cleave, author of Incendiary and Little Bee.The People Who Eat Darkness is one of Publishers Weekly s Top 10 Best Books of 2012

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    1. Richard Lloyd Parry

      Richard Lloyd Parry was born in north west England, and has lived since 1995 in Tokyo, where he is the Asia Editor of The Times newspaper of London He has reported from twenty eight countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq and North Korea In 2005, he was named the UK s foreign correspondent of the year He has also written for Granta, the New York Times and the London Review of Books.


    1. This is a page-turner in which very little happens but a whole lot is discovered, about Japan particularly, and also about the grand-canyon-sized gulf of mutual squalor called the sex trade. It’s a sad and, well, banal story – Western girl goes to foreign parts to make some big money and never comes back. One day she walks out into the sunshine and eight months after that she’s dug up from a grave by the sea. Could that really make 400 pages of hypnotic reading?Lucie Blackman was a tall st [...]

    2. Interesting true crime account of a young British woman who went missing in Tokyo. At times Parry goes on a bit too much with excessive minutia but this is a fascinating look at the Japanese system of justice. Hmmm.

    3. In 2000, a 21-year-old English girl named Lucie Blackman - unhappy with her job as an airline hostess, deeply in debt, and wanting an adventure - moved to Japan with her friend Louise Phillips. Lucie and Louise rented a cheap apartment and took jobs as hostesses in the 'Casablanca' nightclub in Roppongi, a district of Tokyo teeming with nightspots and night life.The job of a hostess was to chat up Japanese businessmen and get them to buy pricey drinks and expensive bottles of champagne. The host [...]

    4. Even after reading the entirety of this seemingly interminably long book, I'm not exactly clear on who these supposed "people" are who "eat darkness." What I do know is everything (and quite a bit more than) I ever wanted to know about the disappearance/murder of 21-year-old British national, Lucie Blackman, in July of 2000.Why, you ask, did I think I would want the ins and outs of the case? Well, for one, I like to treat myself to a bit of trashy true crime now and then. Two, the single chapter [...]

    5. ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN***Parry’s People Who Eat Darkness stands out for an almost otherworldly quality as it exposes the darker side of Tokyo while detailing the disappearance and murder of 20-something British woman Lucie Blackman. This quality true crime novel is expertly written and its subject meticulously researched and treated with a sensitive touch.The book shines when describing various things unique to Japan, things many Westerners might find exceedingly strange. Here is an intimate p [...]

    6. This is a gripping, fascinating and thoroughly researched book. It covers the facts surrounding the disappearance of Lucie Blackman a twenty one-year-old British citizen who was briefly employed as a bar hostess in the Rappongi district in Japan. But the author with his meticulous research provides so much more than the details of this very tragic story. The author was a British foreign correspondent who has lived for many, many years in Japan and has a deep respect for, and knowledge of, the cu [...]

    7. There is something so disgustingly exploitative about a true crime novel. Someone has suffered a gruesome and unfair death, leaving a horde of shellshocked family and friends behind, and then there is an author and his publisher, recounting the story for profit, and finally there is us, the readers, who feel a wispy nebula of sadness for the individual’s terrible fate, but who mostly feel a curiosity, an excitement to know all the criminal details, the bloodier the better.Somehow Parry, a Brit [...]

    8. So, a dirty little secret of mine is that I love true crime. Ever since, at nine years old, I found a book about Jeffrey Dahmer in a drawer in my grandmother's guest bedroom and read it all the way through in one sitting, I have been stuck on the idea of people who can be revoltingly awful without remorse. I have always been a person who overkills (no pun intended) on the guilt when I do something shitty (which is often, hence: nagging depression and anxiety), so the idea that there are people i [...]

    9. This was a very interesting book. It told of the murder of Lucie Blackman, some history on Koreans immigrating to Japan and some facts on Japanese culture and their legal system.In regard to Lucie Blackman, I had no idea young women moved to Tokyo to "hostess" in clubs to earn money. The book tells how her family and friends dealt with and live with what happened to her. And what happened to her is horrific. The trial section of the book got to be very long and detailed, I suppose because the tr [...]

    10. This is a weirdly engrossing account of the Lucie Blackman case. Although I was alive and reading a newspaper in 2000, I do not remember reading about the search for her - or the resulting trial of Joji Obara, the man accused of her murder. The details of the case (as they are combined with other cases/crimes/psychological depravity) are fairly grisly, but more absorbing is Lloyd Parry's examination of the sociological and cultural aspects of Japan. And although it became a little tiresome, I al [...]

    11. So many emotions and things I want to say about this book, but it's 1:30am and I need some sleep (even tho it might be hard to sleep after that). I'll come back and write a review later.

    12. You kn0w going in that this isn't going to pretty and probably won't have a happy ending. That seems to be the nature of True Crime. People Who Eat Darkness begins in the year 2000 with the disappearance of Lucie Blackman, once a British Airways flight attendant, who comes to Tokyo to be a hostess in the seamy Roppongi district. How did Lucie end up in here? The author, Richard Lloyd Parry does a thorough investigation and reporting of the case. Like the best of the true crime writers he does hi [...]

    13. I seriously could not put this book down once I started it. If you want to read the longer version I wrote for my blog, just clickhere. Otherwise, read on.In the area of true crime, when I come across a journalist whose writing isn't motivated by the sensational, or who has taken years to research his subject before publishing, I'm generally not disappointed. Such is the case with People Who Eat Darkness, a very intelligently-written book that moves far afield of the usual true crime output. The [...]

    14. Well crafted true crime story. Learned alot about the Japanese semi-underground "hostess" culture as well as their criminal justice system. Quite chilling at times, but what Parry did best (IMO) was in his written observations of grief in all its manifestations. Writing about how the family/friends of Lucie Blackman dealt with losing her is brilliantly penned and framed within the context of the long search for Lucie, through the investigation, the subsequent trial and the aftermath.As an aside, [...]

    15. After I finished the prologue, I already had chills going down my spine. It was not a good idea to start this in bed/before going to sleep, since there was this "a ghost is sitting on my bed smoking a cigar" scene. I've been reading a number of dark books lately, I didn't know if I could get through another and still have a good night's sleep (being the scaredy cat that I am.) I debated immediately returning the book to the library, but ultimately decided to stick it out. I had a plan where I wo [...]

    16. People Who Eat Darkness tells the story of the death of a young British woman, Lucie Blackman, who was raped and killed in Tokyo in 2000. The early reviews that I read promised a grisly, detailed account of a horrific crime. I almost hate to admit it, but I was quite intrigued by these details: I did not recall hearing about this crime when it happened, and the title of the book as well as the reviews just seemed all too titillating to resist. I should have resisted.****SPOILER ALERT****While Lu [...]

    17. Fascinating true crime story of Lucie Blackman's disappearance in Japan. From Parry's reporting readers learn about not only Lucie and her attacker, but also much about Japan itself.

    18. So what sparked my interest in PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS, the true crime account of the disappearance of British Lucie Blackman in Tokyo during the summer of 2000? The back blurb promised cultural and psychological insight on the level of Truman Capote's IN COLD BLOOD. It touched on one of my academic interests, East Asian culture, and one of my favorite books.The comparison to IN COLD BLOOD on the back does PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS no favors. Richard Lloyd Parry's lengthy and detailed account of t [...]

    19. There are some cases we read about in newspapers, or hear about on the news, or see in episodes of Dateline wherein we as the viewers know with every fiber of our being that the suspect is the one who did whatever horrific crime the story is about, and yet justice has a different way of handling it. And we all sit here and rage about it, oh, the injustice, the unfairness of it all, is the jury blind.But what it comes down, in most of these aggravating situations, is evidence, or, more importantl [...]

    20. An absolutely horrible thing to happen to anyone or any family, but Richard Lloyd Parry does an outstanding job of investigative reporting put into book format. It's the story of Lucie Blackman, her family, friends, coworkers, and Joji Obara, a really sick man. It's hard to understand the lure Tokyo had on Lucie Blackman especially after we get to know the seedy side of that city. And, I am still having a hard time understanding Lucie's father, Tim Blackman, but people have different ways of cop [...]

    21. Extremely well researched book. It's incredibly impressive the amount of people Parry was able to find around Lucie, especially during her time in Tokyo. I was unfamiliar with the Japanese water trade, and I now feel like I could write my own book on the topic. Parry does a great job packing the Blackman case with interesting, relevant information about the Japanese legal system and the interactions of foreigners in Tokyo. I'm not British or Japanese, I'm American, but the only cultural confusio [...]

    22. I'm usually disappointed by true crime writing: it's too frequently sensationalist, melodramatic, & badly written. Not that I think those 3 things are unrelated.Richard Lloyd Parry's writing is beautiful. He describes the "migraine hum of the expressway", and the Tokyo drinking places that were "tight with the torsos of American sailors and marines". He talks through the psychological profiles of the major players -- Lucie Blackman, her father, her sister, her mother, her string of still-lov [...]

    23. Öncelikle bu bir "roman" DEĞİL.Non fiction ödülü almışken neden yayınevi eşek kadar roman ibaresiyle satışa sunmuş?Cevap basit: Satsın diye.Roman olmadığını bilsem bu kitabı okumazdım, en başta satın da almazdım. Çok da dikkatle incelemeden, bir suç hikayesi olduğunu gördüğüm için aldığım bir kitaptı Karanlığı Yiyenler. Zira bu tarz kitapları -Soğukkanlılıkla haricinde- sevmiyorum. Hikaye basit: Japonya'da konsomatrislik yaparken kaybolan bir turist kız [...]

    24. This book has the wrong title. It's outstanding and is closer to a dissertation for Japanese culture and criminal/justice system coupled with intense anthropology- and that title makes it seem like some kind of yellow journalism thrill sheet.There are no words to convey how aghast I feel upon this depth of understanding for the Japanese policing and trial systems. They are abominable. Not only in this case but in their very constituency and processes. In this case, the study of exact detail by R [...]

    25. I don’t read much true-crime. I’m not a child anymore! But I’d been reading too much experimental works and needed the tonic of a lurid tale, something with cults maybe, or at least a gruesome fixation on violent acts. So, I went through my garage, which has no room for a car because of all the books I obsessively bought in hopes of one day reading, and there I found PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS: THE FATE OF LUCIE BLACKMAN by Richard Lloyd Parry, the Tokyo bureau chief of the Times of London. H [...]

    26. This book isn't poorly written - nor is it gracefully written. It isn't sensationalistic or shallow, really - but it's not particularly profound or insightful, either. It probably wouldn't have been written were the victim of the horrible crime not a pretty young blond woman. (Why do sexual crimes involving pretty young blond women get so much media coverage, while sexual crimes against women who DON'T match those characteristics receive little or no public attention?)The author is a British jou [...]

    27. I won't recap the crime that befell Lucie Blackman since so many other reviewers here have done so. The first half of this book I would rate 4 stars, but by the second half, I was so tired of the book going nowhere because the trial of Obara, which played out over 6 years, slowed the book down to almost a standstill. Jurisprudence in Japan is very different from the U.S. in that cases do not even come to trial unless the defendant is thought to be almost assuredly guilty. Yet because Obara playe [...]

    28. Lucie Blackman and Louise Phillips were two young British girls who travelled to Tokyo, Japan to live and work. They took jobs as hostesses at a Tokyo nightspot. One afternoon in July 2000, Lucie told Louise that she was going out with a Japanese businessman and would be back by early evening. She never returned. Author Richard Lloyd Parry covered the story of Lucie’s disappearance for The Times of London. Once I began to read this story, I found it riveting—it was hard to put down. It is a [...]

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