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Groom of Zozo

Groom of Zozo

Zozo no muko / ぞぞのむこ

Kyu Inoue

Company employee Shimamoto gets on the wrong train and disembarks at an unfamiliar station. His subordinate, Yazaki, utters a strange warning: “Better leave as soon as you can. This is the haunted city ...

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Yoko on the Other Side

Yoko on the Other Side

Mukogawa no Yoko / 向こう側の、ヨーコ

Yukiko Mari

Yoko enjoys her single life as a successful author. Yet since childhood she has had a recurring  dream in which she is an unhappy housewife with a husband and child who make incessant demands on her. ...

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Poison Daughter, Holy Mother

Poison Daughter, Holy Mother

Poizun dōtā, hōrī mazā / ポイズンドーター・ホーリーマザー

Kanae Minato

A novel in eight short stories involving incidents of murder, injurious assault, and such by a writer regarded as the originator and queen of the genre known as iyamisu in Japan—literally, “eww ...

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The Mukoda Barber Shop

The Mukoda Barber Shop

Mukoda Rihatsuten / 向田理髪店

Hideo Okuda

The story takes place in fictitious Tomazawa, a town that once grew to a population of 80,000 in the middle of a flourishing coal-mining district in Hokkaido. Since the advent of cheap oil, the town has ...

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Star Worms

Star Worms

Hoshi yadoru mushi / 星宿る虫

Shunsuke Minesato

A fire breaks out in a building where a religious group in Nagano runs a brothel. The bodies recovered from the ruins are infested by a mysterious worm, and the blood in their veins has turned yellow. ...

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On the Day the World Turns Red

On the Day the World Turns Red

Sekai ga aka ni somaru hI ni / 世界が赫に染まる日に

Riu Kushiki

Kai Ogata, 14, all but loses his two cousins to vicious bullying: Shota Dobashi, 13, is beaten into a coma, and his sister Suzuna, 12, is raped and left emotionally scarred. Thanks to provisions of the ...

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The Nishiura Photo Studio in Enoshima

The Nishiura Photo Studio in Enoshima

Enoshima Nishiura Shashinkan / 江ノ島西浦写真館

En Mikami

The story is set on the small but picturesque island of Enoshima, a popular seaside resort in Kanagawa Prefecture just south of Tokyo. The Nishiura Photo Studio that was in business there for a full century ...

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Human Chairs: A Rampoesque Tale

Human Chairs: A Rampoesque Tale

Ningen-isu Rampo kitan / 人間椅子 乱歩奇譚

Shiro Kuro

The body of a young teacher named Okumura is found dismembered and reassembled in the shape of a chair in a middle-school classroom. One of his students, a fair-faced 13-year-old named Kobayashi, happens ...

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The Phantom on December 8

The Phantom on December 8

Junigatsu yoka no gen'ei / 十二月八日の幻影

Fuyuaki Jikihara

An intelligent and thrilling entertainment that follows the covert exploits of spies on the eve of hostilities between Japan and the United States in December 1941. Saburō Shiota is an ensign in the Imperial ...

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Index

Index

Indekkusu / インデックス

Tetsuya Honda

This volume contains eight short stories that complement author Tetsuya Honda’s best-selling novel series featuring crime fighter Reiko Himekawa. Five of the tales relate cases that Reiko, now 33, undertakes ...

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Scream

Scream

Zekkyo / 絶叫

Aki Hamanaka

In an apartment in suburban Tokyo, the remains of a body are discovered along with a dozen or so cats. All that can be gathered from the scene is the victim’s name, Yoko Suzuki. Whether the death is ...

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Hollow Cross

Hollow Cross

Utsuro na jujika / 虚ろな十字架

Keigo Higashino

Freelance writer Sayoko Hamaoka is stabbed to death on the street. Shortly afterward, 68-year-old Sakuzo Machimura turns himself in to the police and confesses to the crime, claiming that he did it for ...

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Forgotten Items for Delivery

Forgotten Items for Delivery

Wasuremono ga todokimasu / 忘れ物が届きます

Kozue Osaki

In this collection of five short mysteries, “Nobara no niwa e (To the Garden of Wild Roses) takes place at a luxurious villa in the old capital of Kamakura, south of Tokyo. Shihoko ...

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How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death

How to Keep a Pet Guardian of Death

Yasashii shinigami no kaikata / 優しい死神の飼い方

Mikito Chinen

A fanciful tale in which a dog rescued by a young nurse working for a terminal-care facility becomes a therapy dog for the patients in an unusual way, and also solves an old murder mystery. The dog, a ...

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Lost Care

Lost Care

Rosuto kea / ロスト・ケア

Aki Hamanaka

Public prosecutor Hideki Otomo asks his friend Koichiro Sakuma, who works for Forest, a major eldercare chain, for help in finding a high-end facility for his aging father. Forest has been growing rapidly ...

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Blue Murder

Blue Murder

Buruu maadaa / ブルーマーダー

Tetsuya Honda

A year after the events of Inbijiburu rein (Invisible Rain), Reiko Himekawa’s team in Criminal Investigation Division I of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has been disbanded, and Reiko ...

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Rambling Mother

Rambling Mother

Haha-oya uesutan / 母親ウエスタン

Hika Harada

Hiromi drifts from one motherless home to another, serving as a surrogate mother to children whose single fathers—truck drivers, crewmen on far-roaming fishing boats—are away for extended periods of ...

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The Cherry Has Bloomed

The Cherry Has Bloomed

Sakura saku / サクラ咲く

Mizuki Tsujimura

Three linked stories portray the emotional ups and downs of adolescence. In Yakusoku no basho, yakusoku no jikan (Agreed Time, Agreed Place), 13-year-old Yū Kikuchi arrives as a midyear transfer ...

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Creepy

Creepy

Kuripi / クリーピー

Yutaka Maekawa

Who is the person who lives next door? Koichi Takakura is a criminology professor who lives with his wife Yasuko in the suburbs of central Tokyo. Like many married couples, the Takakuras hadn’t given ...

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The Great Passage

The Great Passage

Fune wo amu / 舟を編む

Shion Miura

This million-selling novel follows the lengthy process of compiling a dictionary, bringing a genuine sense of drama to the lives of people who immerse themselves day after day in the constant flux of language. Mitsuo ...

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