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Doubleday Canada, Jan 22, 2013 - Assassins - 1184 pages
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The year is 1984. Aomame is riding in a taxi on the expressway, in a hurry to carry out an assignment. Her work is not the kind that can be discussed in public. When they get tied up in traffic, the taxi driver suggests a bizarre 'proposal' to her. Having no other choice she agrees, but as a result of her actions she starts to feel as though she is gradually becoming detached from the real world. She has been on a top secret mission, and her next job leads her to encounter the superhuman founder of a religious cult. Meanwhile, Tengo is leading a nondescript life but wishes to become a writer. He inadvertently becomes involved in a strange disturbance that develops over a literary prize. While Aomame and Tengo impact on each other in various ways, at times by accident and at times intentionally, they come closer and closer to meeting. Eventually the two of them notice that they are indispensable to each other. Is it possible for them to ever meet in the real world?

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User Review  - johnwbeha - LibraryThing

This is the first of Haruki Murakami books that I have read and I am certainly going to read the rest of his oeuvre, although I am totally sure that this is not typical of them. The inside back dust ... Read full review

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User Review  - mirshad - LibraryThing

I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'll just say that I miss this series already. It was difficult to stop reading and now I missed I'd paced myself a bit more because there's no more left. Read full review

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HARUKI MURAKAMI was born in Kyoto in 1949 and now lives near Tokyo. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and the most recent of his many international honors is the Jerusalem Prize, whose previous recipients include J.M. Coetzee, Milan Kundera, and V.S. Naipaul.

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