I recently finished the second part of Lady Joker ... Some reviewers are comparing it to the TV show 'The Wire'. I can see what they're getting at ... it does have depth and is well written, but Lady Joker is fairly bleak and doesn't have the character based humour that The Wire had. Still, its a cracking read, and i would recommend it to anyone who enjoys intricate and highly detailed crime stories. It also serves as a fascinating window into Japanese society, like all the best novels to come out of Japan.