David Peace’s Japanese crime thriller “Occupied City ” has just been picked up by Warner Bros. Granta Magazine named Peace one of the best young British novelists in 2003 and his books have become increasingly popular in Hollywood circles of late.
“Occupied City” retells the tale of Hirasawa Sadamichi who was accused of poisoning and murdering a dozen employees at a Tokyo bank that he eventually robbed in 1948. Sadamichi reportedly said he was inoculating the employees against typhoid at the request of occupying U.S. forces after World War II. He was found guilty and later died in prison. Sadamichi is widely believed to have been innocent, even by Peace himself. His book was published by Knopf last year.
Peace’s novel “Occupied City” is the second in a trilogy of books taking place during the U.S. occupation of Japan. The first novel was “Tokyo Year Zero” and the third story is currently in the works. Peace’s “Red Riding Quartet” novels were adapted into TV features last year while his 2006 novel “The Damned Utd” was adapted into the feature film “The Damned United.”
(Source: THR Blog )