Barry Lancet

Barry Lancet is a Barry Award­–winning author and finalist for the Shamus Award. He has lived in Japan for more than twenty-five years. His former position as an editor at one of the nation’s largest publishers gave him access to the inner circles in traditional and business fields most outsiders are never granted, and an insider’s view that informs his writing. He is the author of the Jim Brodie series: The Spy Across the TablePacific BurnTokyo Kill; and Japantown, which received four citations for Best First Novel and has been optioned by J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions, in association with Warner Brothers. Visit Lancet at or on Twitter @BarryLancet.

Books by this Author

The Spy Across the Table
Pacific Burn
Tokyo Kill
Tokyo Kill Special Signed Edition
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. A paraphrase of something I once heard: As you go the way of life, you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Not one in particular, but people like Churchill who have overcome the insurmountable despite endless setbacks and great odds.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Limiting myself to the characters of deceased authors, I'd say Jean Valjean (in the book).

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Many, but Springsteen for one, for his live shows, honesty, and hard work. Once saw a bootleg video of his personal PRACTICE SESSIONS for his live shows. Really impressive.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. With the same limitation, Cardinal Richelieu from Dumas's books.

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