Asian neo-noir thrillers are once again hitting the shelves of bookstores in America after a multi-year break which saw other types of translated literature on the shelves. This book is a typical neo-noir Asian thriller. With revenge, a plot that can be difficult at times, and a basic premise at the end. A number of books by Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura have been translated into English and his best is still Cult X. This book is not his best effort as there are multiple viewpoints of the different characters and there are a number of different sidebars which at the time of reading the book do not feel important until you come to the final few chapters and then those long seemingly digressions are all of a sudden important. It is hard to provide a summary of the plot without giving the way of the ending. What I will say is that it begins with a story of the past a character is reading and that takes up the first part of the book. The importance of which is difficult to ascertain. Many noir books have plots that are difficult to follow and this follows in that tradition.
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