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Sins as Scarlet

Sins as Scarlet

An Inspector Iwata Novel

Inspector Iwata (Volume 2)

Nicolas Obregon

Minotaur Books


"A dark, brutal ride through the underbelly of LA." —Anthony Horowitz, author of Magpie Murders

In this follow-up to Nicolás Obregon’s critically acclaimed Blue Light Yokohama, Inspector Iwata returns—in a murder case in his new home of Los Angeles.

After a brutal investigation ripped apart his life, Kosuke Iwata quit both his job as a detective with the Tokyo Police Department and his country, leaving Japan for the sunnier shores of Los Angeles, California. But, although he’s determined to leave his past behind, murder still follows him.

Having set up shop as a private investigator, Iwata is approached by someone from his old life. Her daughter has been killed and the case has gone cold. Out of loyalty, Iwata agrees to take on the case and reinvestigate the homicide. However, what seems initially like a cold-blooded but simple murder takes a complex turn when a witness, a vagrant, recalls the killer's parting words: “I’m sorry.”

From the depths of Skid Row to the fatal expanse of the Sonoran Desert, Iwata tracks the disparate pieces of a mysterious and heartbreaking puzzle. But the more he unearths, the more complex this simple act of murder becomes.

Lives untangle, fates converge, and blood is spilled as Inspector Iwata returns.


KOSUKE IWATA WAS PUSHING A shopping cart along the aisles of Mitsuwa Marketplace. It was busy for a Monday. Akiko Nakamura was singing “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),” the verses...

Praise for Sins as Scarlet

"Stunning.... Obregon keeps the unpredictable plot of Sins As Scarlet churning with myriad surprises that are grounded in believability.” —Associated Press

"Obregón's second is a neonoir gem with a compelling story, solid prose, and a brooding, honorable, and all-too-human hero." —Kirkus Reviews

"In the heady tradition of Raymond Chandler and Michael Connelly, Sins as Scarlet lays bare the bruised heart and broken soul of Los Angeles. Extraordinary stuff: a diabolically clever police procedural, a wrenching character study, and a merciless chronicle of a city in decay. I’m awestruck." —A. J. Finn, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

"Masterpiece—that’s the only way to describe Sins as Scarlet...You will love every minute spent with this one-of-a-kind hero." —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of The Burial Hour


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Nicolas Obregon

Nicolás Obregón is a British-Spanish dual national and grew up between London and Madrid. He has worked as a steward at sports stadiums, an editor in legal publishing, and a travel writer, falling in love with Japan while on assignment for a magazine. Nicolás is the author of the novel Blue Light Yokohama. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles, California.

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