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Nasty Piece of Work

Nasty Piece of Work

Iyana onna / 嫌な女

Nozomi Katsura

Natsuko Kotani has a knack for wrapping men around her little finger. She lies to them, she’s mean to them, and while she’s not even especially good looking, somehow they find their spirits ...

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The Two Shizukas

The Two Shizukas

Futari Shizuka / 二人静

Ryuji Morita

Shugo Machida, still a bachelor at 32, works for a food company. Three years ago his 60-year-old mother died of Parkinson’s disease; Shugo’s father—who never imagined that his stouthearted ...

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The Confectionery Mysteries

The Confectionery Mysteries

Wagashi no Anne / 和菓子のアン

Tsukasa Sakaki

Kyōko Umemoto is a slightly chubby 18-year-old-girl. Having recently graduated from high school, she remains undecided about what to do next with her life. Then one day she sees a “Help Wanted” sign ...

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Whose Is the Cuckoo’s Egg?

Whose Is the Cuckoo’s Egg?

Kakko no tamago wa dare no mono / カッコウの卵は誰のもの?

Keigo Higashino

Hiromasa Hida was once one of Japan’s premier skiers, representing the country in international competitions; his daughter Kazami is also a skier. When Kazami was two, his wife—Kazami’s mother—committed ...

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A Checkered Past

A Checkered Past

Minoue banashi / 身の上話

Shogo Sato

First-person narrator Kengo Katsuki relates his wife Michiru’s story, going back to events in her life before they met. The account begins when Michiru is 23 and working as a bookstore clerk in a ...

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Pla-Baroque

Pla-Baroque

Pura-barokku / プラ・バロック

Mitsutaka Yuki

In a refrigerated container sitting on reclaimed land in the harbor district, 14 frozen corpses are found lying neatly in a row. The evidence seems to suggest that it is a mass suicide by sleeping pill, ...

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Fin and Claw

Fin and Claw

Uobune, kemonobune / 魚舟・獣舟

Sayuri Ueda

After the collapse of modern civilization, most of our future planet’s surface is covered by water. The interactions of the surviving humans with Ichtyonaus and Thérionaus, peculiar creatures that ...

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Internal Affairs Investigator

Internal Affairs Investigator

Soko Chosakan / 素行調査官

Ryohei Sasamoto

Takeshi Hongo, 34, is an investigator in the Internal Affairs section of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Formerly a private detective, he was taken on as an irregular hire by the MPD for his ...

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Waiting for Tamura

Waiting for Tamura

Tamura wa mada ka / 田村はまだか

Kasumi Asakura

Five former grade-school classmates who are now 40—three men and two women—are at a bar in Sapporo’s Susukino entertainment district following a class reunion. Tamura, a classmate who couldn’t ...

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Ratman

Ratman

Rattoman / ラットマン

Shusuke Michio

Ryo Himekawa is the guitarist in an amateur band formed 14 years earlier. The day he has an argument with his lover from high school days, her corpse is discovered in the studio where their band practices. ...

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Dying Eye

Dying Eye

Daiingu ai / ダイイング・アイ

Keigo Higashino

Shinsuke Amemura works as a bartender at the bar Myoga. One day as he is closing up, he is attacked by an unidentified man. Although he escapes with his life, he soon realizes that he suffers from partial ...

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Let’s Begin Meditating!

Let’s Begin Meditating!

Hajimeyou meisou / 始めよう。瞑想

Arina Hosai

This book provides detailed instructions on a method of meditation that will improve everything from your physical condition to your emotional stability, memory, and creativity. The meditation introduced ...

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Soul Cage

Soul Cage

Souru keiji / ソウル・ケイジ

Tetsuya Honda

In this second installment of the author’s best-selling Reiko Himekawa series, a severed left hand is found in a minivan abandoned on a dry riverbed. Himekawa and her team join the investigation. ...

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Strawberry Night

Strawberry Night

Sutoroberii naito / ストロベリーナイト

Tetsuya Honda

Having been a victim of rape in high school, Reiko Himekawa decides she wants to be a police detective, and joins the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department upon graduation from college. Promoted with unusual ...

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Downwardly Mobile Society

Downwardly Mobile Society

Karyu shakai: Aratana kaiso shudan no shutsugen / 下流社会:新たな階層集団の出現

Atsushi Miura

The title of this book is a coinage of the writer that reflects the changes that have come to Japan, a place where rapid economic growth once made the vast majority of the population middle class. “Downwardly ...

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News of Lupin

News of Lupin

Lupin no shosoku / ルパンの消息

Hideo Yokoyama

With barely 24 hours left before the statute of limitations will expire, the police receive an anonymous tip claiming that a death ruled a suicide 15 years ago was actually a murder. The body of Maiko ...

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Tomorrow’s Memory

Tomorrow’s Memory

Ashita no kioku / 明日の記憶

Hiroshi Ogiwara

Workaholic Saeki is a 50-year-old marketing rep for an ad agency. He’s just won a lucrative new contract to promote the Internet startup GigaForce, his 24-year-old daughter is about to be married, ...

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A Child’s Brain Is in the Skin

A Child’s Brain Is in the Skin

Kodomo no nou wa hada ni aru / 子供の脳は肌にある

Hajime Yamaguchi

“I want my child to grow up to be a kind and thoughtful person.” Most parents hope and pray for the growth of their child’s “heart” in this way. We all agree that the heart is important, but ...

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Initial Response

Initial Response

Rinjo / 臨場

Hideo Yokoyama

A novel in eight short stories featuring coroner Yoshio Kuraishi as the protagonist, written by the author of 64 (Six-Four), which was nominated for the 2016 CWA International Dagger award. At ...

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The Name of the Game Is Kidnap

The Name of the Game Is Kidnap

Gemu no na wa yukai / ゲームの名は誘拐

Keigo Higashino

Thirty-something creative whiz Shunsuke Sakuma, who works for an ad agency, is subjected to the greatest humiliation of his career when an event he has been planning for client Nissei Automotive is quashed ...

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