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Dry River

Pursued by killers and tormented by his own demons, can Jackie Shaw get out of Japan alive? 'You race to turn the pages - an astonishing achievement in storytelling' Jake Needham, Amazon #1 bestselling author of The Mean Streets of Asia Crime Novels

Ex-undercover agent Jackie Shaw visits northern Japan for a holiday, desperate to escape the brutality and tragedy of his past.

But when a local man is butchered as he spies on a young woman in the seedy heart of Sapporo’s entertainment district, Jackie is dragged into the hunt for a terrifying serial killer and begins a long and bloody battle with vicious yakuza gangs.

From the twisted underbelly of one of Japan’s largest cities to the vast, unforgiving wilderness of the northern territories of Hokkaido, DRY RIVER is a uniquely menacing and compulsive thriller which will take you to places you’ve never been before.

If you like Barry Eisler, Mark Dawson, Adrian McKinty or James Clavell, you'll love John Steele's books. DRY RIVER is the third book in John's Jackie Shaw series and the most gripping yet!

Important places

Sapporo (3)


Hokkaido (20)


Japan (2,219)

Other geographical areas

Eastern Asia (2,196)