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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Profound deceit

It's no wonder that thriller readers will read December 6th and will be puzzled, to say the least. 'Thriller' is the guise of this Kfakaesque novel. The difficulty in understanding Harry Niles is because this is not a linear novel. It's true apex is a single amazing,...
It's no wonder that thriller readers will read December 6th and will be puzzled, to say the least. 'Thriller' is the guise of this Kfakaesque novel. The difficulty in understanding Harry Niles is because this is not a linear novel. It's true apex is a single amazing, love scene (which you'll never forget) that occurs in the middle of the novel. His lover is then gone and Harry is as good as dead without even knowing it. Not dead in the Western sense, but in the dramatic, suicidal Japanese way. The sights, sounds and aromas of this novel will lead you in all directions. If you don't try to pegg December 6th into a ready-made genre but let the novel 'come to you' you're in for a litrary treat. A profound and sophisticated work of art that just 'happens to be' a crackiling, suspensful thriller. Unlike Arkady, the hero of Gorkey Park, Harry is not the protagonist who the story happens to -- he IS the story. Realizing it takes unwrapping the novel layer by amazing layer only to find...you'll have to make up your own mind about that. I don't believe any two readers will find the same core. An amazing work of art by a towering master disguised as 'popular fiction' writer.

posted by Anonymous on November 3, 2003

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

last day of peace

This story set in 1941 Japan has many historical twists and almost would lead you to a "what if" situation. Harry Niles, the central character, grew up in Japan,is a son of misionaries who spread their word in Japan. Harry is not a spreader of the good word, he run...
This story set in 1941 Japan has many historical twists and almost would lead you to a "what if" situation. Harry Niles, the central character, grew up in Japan,is a son of misionaries who spread their word in Japan. Harry is not a spreader of the good word, he runs a nightclub and follows the Japanese way of life. The biggest struggle for Harry is to decide if he is a Japanese citizen or a true American. He has friends (both men & women) who try to understand him and enemies from the Police and a certain Army Major that challenge his true inner self. Harry has to make a decision which will test his loyalty between the country of his blood or the home of the Rising Sun.

posted by Anonymous on January 16, 2003

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    For everyone who loves fiction base on fact.

    As a person who lived thru WWII and clearly remembers December 7th I thoroughly enjoyed this. It is Martin Cruz Smith's best to date. Gorky Park and Rose were good, December 6 is great. In it I discovered much about Japan and I was held in fantastic suspense even though I knew the big answer of bombing of Pearl Harbor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2002

    December 6

    I would only recommend this title to people with insomnia. In fact if half a star was an option I would have chosen that. By a long shot this is definitely not one of Mr. Cruz-Smith's best. The mere title of this book suggests action and excitement though that couldn't be further from the truth. Instead you read through endless dialog hoping it will get better but it never does. I read on hoping that at least something would happen to make me like or even care about the main character Harry Niles but that didn't happen either. I found him to be very one-dimensional and callous. I cannot remember the last time I was this bored reading a book, it would often lay untouched for days at a time until I finally finished. Dull and disappointing. Do not waste your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    December 6

    After reading Martin Cruz Smith's fabulous work in Gorky Park, Polar Star, Red Square and the mysterious Rose I have to say I questioned the fact that I was reading the same author in December 6. I also read with amazement the rave reviews this book received on the B & N website and again questioned whether I had a different version of this book. Overall the book was flat and dull with far too much dialog and not nearly enough action as in Mr. Smith's previous works. I cannot remember ever disliking a main character as much as I disliked Harry Niles. One word to it's credit I do say the sights, sounds and smells of pre-WWII Tokyo are described vividly and well. But overall definitely not recommended.

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    Posted September 2, 2011

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