RARA-AVIS: Re: Hard-Boiled Japan

From: Brian Lindenmuth (blindenmuth@gmail.com)
Date: 26 Jun 2009

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    The Poison Ape: A Shinjuku Shark Novel by Arimasa Osawa is published by Vertical Books.

    "Vertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. We select our popular novels, graphic novels, and quality nonfiction from a rich, variegated stock: Japan's huge and vibrant book market."

    Plot synopsis:

    "t's where gangsters—yakuza—stake their claims and run operations. They leech onto establishments and demand "protection money." They run gambling operations and sell paint thinner to huffers. Gangs from Taiwan have recently put down roots in the area, having been flushed from their homeland. Inspector Samejima, known as the Shinjuku Shark, is a lone detective who stalks the yakuza in his relentless pursuit of justice.

    A dangerous professional hit man is prowling the streets of Shinjuku. He is known only as Du Yuan—the Poison Ape. Will Samejima be able to find the hit man before he wreaks havoc on the gangs in Shinjuku? Can club hostess Nami untangle herself from the twisted string of events before it's too late?

    The second installment of Japan's best-selling series is a stand-alone work filled with twists, turns, and fast-paced action. The Poison Ape will keep you on the edge of your seat. Dive into this amazingly vivid and surprisingly touching saga."

    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "J. Brown" <shadowkobun@...> wrote:
    > Hi! Any favorite novels or stories set in Japan?
    > Thanks!
    > Take Care!
    > Jeff

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