Obviously, the best novel of the year is Ellen Ullman's By Blood, the best nonfiction book Richard Lloyd Parry's People Who Eat Darkness, the best manifesto Jeff Speck's Walkable City, the best travel book (and the best-titled book) Rosecrans Baldwin's Paris, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down, the best vampire book Brian McGreevy's Hemlock Grove, the best memoir Davy Rothbart's My Heart is an Idiot, the best debut Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.*
We're rewarding subscribers with an advance edition of Richard Lloyd Parry's People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished From the Streets of Tokyo—And The Evil That Swallowed Her Up. If you haven't yet joined, there may still be time to sign up and receive your own copy ahead of its June publication. But note that when they're gone, they're gone. (Also note this offer is only available in the United States.) -Ryan Chapman Sean McDonald, the book's editor, is the executive editor and director of paperback publishing at FSG. Two of my favorite books are In Cold Blood and The Executioner's Song. My favorite city on the planet—after New York, I suppose—is Tokyo. So, for me, the set-up of People Who Eat Darkness is as alluring as they get: A young woman named Lucie Blackman moves to Tokyo, where she stands out like, well, like a tall, blonde, 21-year-old in Japan. And then she disappears. Her friend receives a mysterious message saying Lucie has joined a religious cult, but no one believes that. The Japanese police seem helpless and hopeless. Lucie's family comes to Japan, hires a series of investigators, digs into leads on their own that take them into the craziest, darkest corners of Tokyo's subcultures. And this is only the beginning of the story.