Crime procedural, with the emphasis on the procedural. We learn many ways to take the subway in Tokyo, along with a lot of other detail. The story did not engage me, but the first-person narration was interesting and unusual.
I mostly liked how the details recalled to me my own time in Tokyo and Japan, the little stock phrases we used and the vagaries of the various parts of town. Seeing them through John Rain's eyes felt familiar and new, together. Writing-wise, enjoyed the contrast between the capers happening in the present and the flashbacks to the past that made him what he was (half-caste, outcast, in his eyes).
Don't feel the need to continue to more John Rain stories, but glad I read this one.
Received this book free in a swag bag from the RT 2011 conference.