Yamato: Andrew Clare


Yamato is a tense alternative-history thriller set in 1953 during the American occupation of Japan. Lieutenant Harvey Brice, an army intelligence officer, is found in his apartment with a bullet in his head. But was it suicide or homicide? World-weary CIA agent Ralph Carnaby, together with his Japanese-American sidekick, Dan Morita, are unwittingly drawn into a conspiracy which is unfolding in the very heart of the occupation headquarters in Tokyo—a conspiracy which ultimately threatens to change the course of Japan's postwar history. With a style reminiscent of Robert Harris' Fatherland, Clare weaves a web of intrigue and espionage which sees Carnaby and his fellow agents pitted against internal rivalries, yakuza gangsters, and a far more menacing and invisible force, in a nail-biting race against time.


  • Clare keeps you in step with Carnaby and Morita as they battle internal rivalries, gangsters and a wider conspiracy that unravels the very fabric of their beliefs. You are unlikely to get lost in the story but that isn't to say the storytelling itself is poor -- just ask the poor Russian who gets hung by the neck in Tokyo in the prologue.
    —Elliott Samuels, The Japan Times
  • Recommended on the Metropolis Magazine Summer 2013 reading list!


  • Pages: 314
  • Trade paperback 5" x 8" (127mm x 203mm)
  • ISBN: 978-4-902075-53-3
  • Kurodahan Press Book No. FG-JP0038L
  • List Price: US$14.00
  • Cover: Mike Dubisch

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About the author

Andrew CLARE served five years in the Royal Marines, first with 42 Commando, and then with 3rd Commando Brigade, based in Plymouth. A keen cross-country skier and marksman, he spent four winters on exercise in northern Norway with the Mountain & Arctic Warfare Cadre.
He left the armed forces in 1987 to read Japanese at Sheffield University and went on to take a Master of Political Science degree at Kobe University in Japan. Subsequently training as a lawyer, he now works for an international law firm in Tokyo.
He has translated several Japanese works into English, including Yoshiyuki Junnosuke's Toward Dusk and Other Stories (Kurodahan Press, 2011), which in the original won the 1978 Noma Prize, Japan's highest literary award.