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A Novel

Hideo Yokoyama; Translated from the Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai



A tense, powerful thriller from the bestselling author of Six Four

1985. Kazumasa Yuuki, a seasoned reporter at the North Kanto Times, runs a daily gauntlet of the power struggles and office politics that plague its newsroom. But when an air disaster of unprecedented scale occurs on the paper’s doorstep, its staff is united by an unimaginable horror and a once-in-a-lifetime scoop.

2003. Seventeen years later, Yuuki remembers the adrenaline-fueled, emotionally charged seven days that changed his and his colleagues’ lives. He does so while making good on a promise he made that fateful week—one that holds the key to its last solved mystery and represents Yuuki’s final, unconquered fear.

From Hideo Yokoyama, the celebrated author of Six Four, comes Seventeen—an investigative thriller set amid the aftermath of disaster.


The wheels on the old-fashioned train clanked to a stop.

Doai Station on the Japan Railways Joetsu Line was in the far north tip of Gunma Prefecture. The platform was in a deep underground tunnel, with 486 steps to climb...

Praise for Seventeen

“Adrenaline-filled.” —The New Yorker

“Tense and powerful.” —The Wall Street Journal

"A fantastic, page turner of a thriller" —Iain Maloney, The Japan Times

“A lovely examination of what it means for something to be important both locally and globally.” —Tara Wilson Redd, The Washington Times

“An astringent, unforgiving picture of modern Japanese society.” —Barry Forshaw, The Guardian

Seventeen is a thrilling, thought-provoking, and important book, and one for anyone who cares about the state of journalism.” —Hans Rollmann, PopMatters

“More than your standard thriller . . . A meditative and multilayered narrative that is as much about a man at a mid-life crossroads as it is about journalism or a plane crash.” —Tara Cheesman, Los Angeles Review of Books

"An engrossing thriller . . . Readers will be deeply moved." —Publishers Weekly

"A darkly humorous tale." —Booklist


Reviews from Goodreads

Hideo Yokoyama; Translated from the Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai

Born in 1957, Hideo Yokoyama worked for twelve years as an investigative reporter with a regional newspaper north of Tokyo before becoming one of Japan’s most acclaimed and bestselling fiction writers. Seventeen is his second novel to be translated into English.

Louise Heal Kawai comes from Manchester in the UK, but Japan has been her home since 1990. Her translations include Mieko Kawakami's Ms Ice Sandwich, A Quiet Place by Seicho Matsumoto, and Seishi Yokomizo's The Honjin Murders, a Detective Kindaichi mystery.

Hideo Yokoyama


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