'One of the great masterpieces of Japanese crime fiction' David Peace, author of Tokyo Year Zero
This second half of Lady Joker, by Kaoru Takamura, the Grand Dame of Japanese crime fiction, concludes the breathtaking saga introduced in Volume I.
Inspired by the real-life Glico-Morinaga kidnapping, an unsolved case that terrorized Japan for two years, Lady Joker reimagines the circumstances of this watershed episode in modern Japanese history and brings into riveting focus the lives and motivations of the victims, the perpetrators, the heroes and the villains. As the shady networks linking corporations to syndicates are brought to light, the stakes rise, and some of the professionals we have watched try to fight their way through this crisis will lose everything-some even their lives. Will the culprits ever be brought to justice? More importantly-what is justice?
'A novel that portrays with devastating immensity how those on the dark fringes of society can be consumed by the darkness of their own hearts' Yoko Ogawa, author of The Memory Police
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 41 g
Dimensions: 222 x 138 mm
A novel that portrays with devastating immensity how those on the dark fringes of society can be consumed by the darkness of their own hearts * Yoko Ogawa, author of The Memory Police *
Takamura's prismatic heist novel offers a broad indictment of capitalist society * New York Times *
Lady Joker is a work you get immersed in, like a sprawling 19th century novel or a TV series like The Wire. . . Lady Joker casts a page-turning spell * NPR *
Like Ellroy's American Tabloid and Carr's The Alienist, the book uses crime as a prism to examine dynamic periods of social history . . . Takamura's blistering indictment of capitalism, corporate corruption and the alienation felt by characters on both sides of the law from institutions they once believed would protect them resonates surprisingly with American culture * Los Angeles Times *
Excellent . . . Takamura shows why she's one of Japan's most prominent mystery novelists * Publishers Weekly *
Takamura's challenging, genre-confounding epic offers a sweeping view of contemporary Japan in all its complexity * Kirkus Reviews *
Sprawling, addictive, this X-Ray examination of a society where the have and the have nots (including the police) play a slow, inexorable dance towards catastrophe, turns into a fascinating piece of work and I look forward to its conclusion * Crime Time *
A fascinating slow burn of a book, detailed, complex and immersive * Guardian *
Meticulously plotted complexity * Times Literary Supplement *
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