In the summer of 2000, Jane Steare received the phone call every
mother dreads. Her daughter Lucie Blackman - tall, blonde, and
twenty-one years old - had stepped into the vastness of a Tokyo
summer and disappeared forever. That winter, her dismembered
remains were found buried in a desolate seaside cave. Her
disappearance was mystifying. Had Lucie been abducted by a
religious cult? Who was the mysterious man she had gone to meet?
What did her work, as a 'hostess' in the notorious Roppongi
district of Tokyo, really involve? And could Lucie's fate be linked
to the disappearance of another girl some ten years earlier? Over
the course of a decade, Richard Lloyd Parry has travelled to four
continents to interview those caught up in the story and been given
unprecedented access to Lucie's bitterly divided family to reveal
the astonishing truth about Lucie and her fate.