December 01, 2017

Book Review: Last Winter We Parted By Fuminori Nakamura

                    Author:         Fuminori Nakamura
                    Translated:  Allison Markin Powell  
                    Publisher:    Soho Press, New York. USA. 2014
                                          ISBN:           978-1-61695-455-0 
                                          Pages:         216

Strategies of a criminal mastermind

© Copyright., 2015.  All rights reserved.

A criminal sits in prison and is being interviewed by a writer who wants to document his story, a photographer that became so obsessed by his work he became famous but also lost his way by murdering two women models trying to get the perfect shot.
The writer shares his life, fears and daily habits as he goes about collecting information for the book.
Slowly the real story begins to unfold: the writer starts a relationship with the criminal’s sister, insights from letters written by the prisoner, his background, friends and interests.
A multi layered story that draws on a range of perspectives to paint the picture of its true path
Intriguing, skillfully plotted and totally unpredictable outcomes.  Like many good Japanese stories, the twists are so unexpected that they will leave you shocked by their depth, complexity and simplicity.
Fuminori Nakamura shines in Japanese story telling.
You may enjoy his book “The Thief”, read my review here

Book Review   Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura

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November 01, 2017

Book Review – The Last Assassin by Barry Eisler

Author:         Barry Eisler
Publisher:    Penguin Group Australia.2007
                     ISBN:            9780451412409
                      Pages:         373

John Rain visits New York

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John Rain is a Japanese American freelance assassin who discovers that his former lover Midori is raising their child in New York.

He has mixed feelings, can he get back together with her, will she see him. But she is being watched by his long list of enemies that come with the job, will his sudden appearance put the mother and his child in danger?

A fast paced novel that shares locations in Japan and New York, a great story.

        Book Review  The Last Assassin by Barry Eisler 

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