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The award-winning debut novel by Japanese noir master Fuminori Nakamura, translated into English for the first time.

From the moment university student Nishikawa spots the gun next to the dead man he's stumbled across on a nighttime walk, the world around him blurs. The gun - loaded with four bullets - brings an intoxicating sense of excitement to his life. But soon merely possessing the gun is not enough. He must shoot it.

Fuminori Nakamura's presence in the US has been steadily increasing since Soho's first publication of The Thief. A young, exciting Japanese author who has won Japan's prestigious Oe Prize (The Thief), Akutagawa Prize (The Boy in the Earth), and Shincho Literary Prize (A Gun). Nakamura's books always get great review coverage.

©2003 Fuminori Nakamura (P)2015 Recorded Books

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this is one weird story.

Thie story reminded me of an Edgar Allan Poe story that could have been shortened by 80%. I kept listening on the promise that it might get better. The ending was obvious from the first but I continued to listen to confirm my suspicions. Thank goodness it was only a little over 4 hours long and not 10 or more

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The way of Gun

The narration sounded very much like an English Dubb of a background character at a subway station in a Japanese mystery. "Oh hey guy! You wanna that train there oh you crazy guy in such a hurry!" Still, not with out its charm.

The story is about who's really in control when one obtains power and how fast the distance between fantasy and action can meet.

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An entertaining listen, but the protagonist is...

... not Raskolnikov. Since the book's rather obviously based on Crime and Punishment, it's impossible not to compare it to that work. And, well, it falls short. Not sure that's fair, but that's what I thought while I was listening to this. That said, I can't say this book bored me. If this were a film, it'd be a good, solid B-movie.

For some reason, it took me awhile to get used to the narrator's voice. Frankly, it was only about an hour into it that it stopped annoying me. After that, I had no problem with it.