Posts Tagged ‘fuminori nakamura’

Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura

Last Winter We PartedReviewed by Book Bug

Would you ever want to write a book about a cold blooded killer?

A young and aspiring Japanese author wants to do just that.

Photographer Yudai Kiharazaka is on death row. He’s accused of burning two women to death. On top of killing them, He snapped photographs of their burning bodies. Pretty brutal.

He tells anyone who will listen that he’s the guilty one.

Did he really do it? Is the real killer behind those steel bars?

I was so excited to begin reading this book. It sounds so dark and twisted.

It was dark and twisted. But, there is ALWAYS a but, right? Read the rest of this entry »

Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura

Evil and the Mask Reviewed by Teri Davis

“A Cancer”, that is your purpose in the world.

When Fumihiro Kuki was eleven years old and living in present day Japan, his wealthy father told him that he was to carry on the family tradition and to become “a cancer”. “I created you to be a cancer on the world.” A cancer would be someone who attaches themselves to others as a parasite draining the life for their own personal gain. How would you react to this declaration?

For Fumihiro Kuki, being born into a wealthy family allowed him to receive extra tutoring to that he would excel in school. With no knowledge or evidence of his mother, his father chooses to be distant and unlovable. Doesn’t money solve the problem of not being loved?

Living in this house with Fumihiro and his father are many servants and a young girl who is also in his class. Kaori attends school with Fumihiro and becomes his best friend and love of his life. Why is she living with them? It also seems that she is motherless. What is her connection to the family?

Evil and the Mask is about Fumihiro while he lives at home with his father and how he adjusts to life. After being cursed, Fumihiro enjoys his growing friendship with Kaori but begins to feel revengeful towards his father and this curse placed upon him. When opportunity for revenge occurs, he makes a well-planned decision that changes his life and his character. Read the rest of this entry »

The Thief by Fuminori Nakamura

The ThiefReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

The Thief is a bit different than most of the titles put out under the SOHO Crime label. Generally, the books feature strong protagonists and are set in exotic locales that are so well described it leaves the readers feeling like they have traveled to the book’s setting. While this book is set in Tokyo, there is not that vivid sense of place that is found in many of the SOHO titles. And while Nishimura, a pickpocket in Tokyo, is one of the most unusual protagonists I’ve come across lately, I wouldn’t describe him as a strong character.

The basic setup for the book is Nishimura has perfected the art of pick pocketing in the busy streets and trains of Tokyo. He has become so skilled at his job that he carries on without giving the actual act even a thought. He rather goes into a sort of auto pilot when he begins assessing the marks and making his moves. Readers meet Nishimura through a sequence of pickpocket maneuvers-some while he is in a near trancelike state. In one early case, he finds a wallet in his coat pocket that he does not even remember taking. From the early pages of the book, one is struck by how disconnected to his life and isolated from the world around him the character is. The one and only real connection Nishimura makes is with a small boy who is shoplifting in a grocery store for his prostitute mother. The other character that is a force in Nishimura’s life, is his former mentor who Nishimura believes may be dead after a botched job.

The bleakness of Nishimura’s life sets the tone of the book. There are no real emotions in play here and it’s hard for the reader to really get involved with the protagonist since we are never really allowed to know him. What the disconnect of Nishimura’s life does deliver is the force that drives the book. From the opening pages when Nishimura starts his thievery, he functions at a near frantic pace leaving readers eager to find out what makes Nishimura tick-what drives him. As the plot develops and readers learn of the former mentor and the botched job that still torture Nishimura today. And then the mentor returns with another job for Nishimura and a chance to redeem himself-or is it? Read the rest of this entry »