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Kodansha International, Jun 27, 2007 - Fiction - 255 pages
Sixteen-year-old Mamoru Kusaka has recently moved to Tokyo to live with his aunt and uncle after the death of his mother. Just as he is beginning to adjust to his new life, his uncle is involved in a late-night accident while driving his taxicab. A young coed is dead and Uncle Taiko is charged with manslaughter, even though the circumstances seem suspect.

Struggling to help his uncle, Mamoru discovers that the victim had been involved in a cruel scam with three other young women. Two of the four have also recently died in similarly violent incidents.

Several days after the accident, a powerful businessman comes forward as a witness. But instead of making things clearer, the mans testimony only adds more confusing lies and deceptions to an already puzzling case, as Mamoru races to save the last of the four women targeted by the real killer.

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User Review  - doryfish - LibraryThing

Not the best mystery ever, but very fun and fast to read. The story has all the believability of a Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode, if you know what I mean. The murderer's modus operandi is ... Read full review

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Miyabe has a knack for making the unbelievable believable, at least for short periods of time. Rather than identity thieves or pyrokinetics, this new novel deals with the concept of forced suicide and ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

MIYUKI MIYABE is Japans bestselling mystery writer. She was born in Tokyo in 1960 and worked in a law office before becoming a full-time writer. She is the recipient of numerous literary prizes, including Japans most prestigious award for popular literature, the Naoki Prize.

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