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Tokyo Inspector Kosuke Iwata, newly transferred to Tokyo's homicide department, is assigned a new partner and a secondhand case. Blunt, hard as nails and shunned by her colleagues, Assistant Inspector Noriko Sakai is a partner Iwata decides it would be unwise to cross. A case that's complicated - a family of four murdered in their own home by a killer who then ate ice cream, surfed the web and painted a hideous black sun on the bedroom ceiling before he left in broad daylight. A case that so haunted the original investigator, he threw himself off the city's famous Rainbow Bridge.

Carrying his own secret torment, Iwata is no stranger to pain. He senses the trauma behind the killer's brutal actions. Yet his progress is thwarted in the unlikeliest of places. Fearing corruption among his fellow officers, tracking a killer he's sure is only beginning and trying to put his own shattered life back together, Iwata knows time is running out before he's taken off the case or there are more killings....

©2017 Nicolás Obregón (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

Critic Reviews

''Obregón is a bright, sophisticated new voice in crime fiction: his writing sings at you, reverberates, makes you consider more than just the urgent clamour of his novel's well-hewn murder plot.'' (Benjamin Wood, author of The Ecliptic)

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  • Freckles
  • 06-18-18

Too gritty and poor narrator

I gave up on this book. I bought it because I was intrigued to read a crime story set in Japan, but felt that the author did not really make use of this setting - it could have taken place anywhere. It was very gritty and the main protagonist went through so much hardship that it got me down. I also got frustrated with the odd sentences that kept being repeated as some sort of mantra/flashback - they were very oddly phrased and appeared too often. The narrator did not help, as he did not give those sentences a special intonation. In fact, the whole narration was flat and sounded like someone grappling with a foreign language. Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-18

Could do better

The overall story is not bad but the plot is a bit confusing and the narration is really bad
and made listening almost unbearable