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Villain (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 05/08/2010
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"Villain", the first novel by Shuichi Yoshida to be translated into English, is the story of a murder: a tale of desperation set in desolate seaside towns, online chat rooms and love hotels. January 6, 2002. The body of Yoshino, a female insurance saleswoman, is found at Mitsue Pass, an eery inland spot in the southernmost region of Japan, rumoured to be home to ghosts. A young construction worker, Yuichi, is soon arrested by the Nagasaki police on suspicion of strangling the victim. As Yuichi and his lover try to elude the police, the events that led up to the murder and its aftermath unfold. Moving back and forth in time, we learn the stories of the victim, the murderer, and their families - stories in which both Japan's past and future are written, revealing the inner lives of men and women who are not everything they appear to be. "Villain" depicts loneliness and alienation in contemporary Japan more searingly than ever before. Part police procedural, part dirty realism, Shuichi Yoshida's drama pushes his characters to the razor's edge of despair.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781846552380
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 21 mm

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“Fantastic Japanese Fiction”

I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of 'Villain' and from the moment I started it, I couldn't put it down. 'Villain' is an atmospheric and tense tale of the murder of a young... More

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“great book”

thrilling, and entertaining book, which makes you feel for the murderer more than the victim.

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“Not Bad”

Having looked for some highly-recommended Japanese crime fiction, I decided that this sounded ideal.

Having now read it, I’m really not sure about it. It’s not bad but, for me, the tone varied quite a bit - starting... More

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