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Zero Focus

Zero no shoten / ゼロの焦点

AuthorSeicho Matsumoto
ISBN 9784334076856
Page Count 337 pages
Size 15.4 x 10.5 cm (HxW)
First Edition December 1959
Category Mystery, Fiction
Publisher Kobunsha
Foreign Sales
  • Simplified Chinese,
  • Traditional Chinese,
  • French,
LanguagesPublishersTitle
Simplified ChineseThinkingdom
Traditional ChineseCITE
FrenchAtelier Akatombo
Special Notes
  • A partial English translation is available.
  • Made into a movie twice (1961 and 2009) and a TV drama six times (1961, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1991 and 1994).

Zero Focus

Zero no shoten / ゼロの焦点

Description

Teiko is 26 years old and has recently married Kenichi Uhara, who worked for an advertising agency. After their honeymoon, Kenichi leaves for Kanazawa to transfer his job there to a new manager. However, he never returns to Teiko, and his company informs her that her husband has disappeared. Teiko heads for Kanazawa by herself and begins to search for him together with Honda, the man who was supposed to take over the manager position from Kenichi. Why did he disappear? By the time she learns the truth, Kenichi is no longer alive. His death is recorded as a suicide, and Teiko discovers that he had a different name and another life. She also witnesses the serial murders of people related to this other life. Why did these killings happen, and who did them?

Zero Focus is a classic Japanese mystery novel based on an incident that really occurred during the chaotic period following World War Two. It has been made into a movie twice (1961 and 2009), and a TV drama six times (1961, 1971, 1976, 1983, 1991 and 1994).

About the Author

Seicho Matsumoto松本 清張

Seicho Matsumoto (1909–1992) was one of Japan’s most celebrated mystery novelists. He worked as a waiter and a printer before getting a job designing layouts for the Asahi Shinbun newspaper. When he was 41 his short story Saigo’s Currency was nominated for the Naoki Prize, and in 1953 The Legend of the Kokura Diary won the Akutagawa Prize. His Points and Lines (1958) is now considered a pioneer of the mystery novel genre in Japan and enjoys undiminished popularity today, six decades after it was first published. During his life he wrote over 700 works.

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