The Lost Boy
The Barroom Detective, Ready Steady Go!
“The Lost Boy” is a Japanese detective novel written by Azuma Naomi, and the third of the Barroom Detective series. But you will feel full throttle of the characters and the story at the first time though it is the third.
I am, well, mentioning about the plot and the characters here.
Its main character is Barroom Detective whose name is what we cannot get. He, the man of 28 years old, is active with a barroom in Susukino, Sapporo as his base. When somebody needs him, the bar’s phone shouts for him and then, he goes. What he takes on is mostly collecting someone’s bills and the like. Destiny never makes him spend easy life, however, because he is a hard-boiled detective. Reliance always leads him to difficult cases.
Twice, they have made movies of the detective, as “The Detective is in the Bar” (2011) and “The Detective is in the Bar 2.” (2013) But you are unable to meet the true best of the series as long as you watch just film versions, because they have not created a film of “The Lost Boy” yet.
One day, at the bar, the detective has a telephone call as usual. That is from Haruko, a young female teacher that he once gave his card in the second of the series. She asks him to search for a boy, who’s been missing, of her students. The detective says yes and looks for the lost boy and…
To say frankly, the first does not show a true color of the characters. The style and actions are too stiff and it is not so interesting. But at the third time, Azuma probably got used to the series and made his accomplished style there. Like Ready Steady Go, men need three times for taking the engine to full.
Anyway, because of the hard-boiled style or the detective who loves alcohol so much, I cannot help wanting Western liquor while reading the novel.
about The Lost Boy
・Written by Azuma Naomi
・Published by Hayakawa Shobo (1994)
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