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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932234241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932234244
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a decent dark Japanese underworld thriller." - The Complete Review

"I was extremely pleased with this book, as I was with "Ashes" and "Winter Sleep"." -Novedge

About the Author

Kenzo Kitakata is the undisputed don of hardboiled and mystery writing in Japan, where he has received numerous literary awards. The Cage won the Japan Mystery Writers Association Award and is his third novel to appear in English. His American debut Ashes was one of Las Vegas Mercury's 10 Best Novels of 2003, a BookSense Selection, and a Village Voice Summer Read.

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It is an engaging book and it is entertaining.
Timothy M. Durkin
Along the way, we are served up a compelling plot, as well as rich insights into the details of life and crime in Tokyo.
Bruce Critchley
Unfortunately, this also made it difficult to connect with them.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Critchley on September 24, 2006
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The two main characters, one a gangster, the other a cop, are both just going through the motions of living. Their emotional lives are a barren wasteland. They are heavy drinkers, they have mind-numbing hobbies, and families that hold no interest for them. The cop feels he has great insight into the gangster, but that is only because the gangster's behavior is so overt. He doesn't recognize the same traits in himself, which makes for a nicely complex cat-and-mouse game.

The narrative tension builds gradually, but continues building right to the very last page. Along the way, we are served up a compelling plot, as well as rich insights into the details of life and crime in Tokyo. I caught myself humming audibly with anticipation as events came to their very satisfying conclusion.

I was extremely pleased with this book, as I was with "Ashes" and "Winter Sleep" (of which I am still the only reviewer as of today - hasn't anyone discovered Kitakata yet?) Please buy this book to encourage his publishers to hurry up an translate more of his work!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Made in DNA on March 11, 2010
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Takino has lead a quiet life for the past six years. He runs a small, local supermarket in Tokyo with his beautiful wife. But he used to be yakuza. When an extortion racket comes round demanding he sell his store and his land, Takino can't comprehend what the fuss is all about. When digs deeper, he digs himself into a hole from which there is no escape.

This is a brilliant noir crime novel set in 80s Japan. It's bleak and hardboiled. Well-paced, the book is a smooth read that builds to a crescendo of consuming (yet not senseless) violence. Highly recommended.
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By Ed Battistella on September 7, 2013
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The Cage by is Kenzo Kitakata's 1983 novel about a yakuza gangster, recently (2006) translated from the Japanese. Kazuye Takino is a former gangster, running a supermarket owned by his invalid father-in-law. Through a combination of events and character he finds himself drawn back in and eventually encountering Detective Tagaki, a poetry reading, brandy drinking detective known as The Old Dog. It's hardboiled, nourish fiction, which reminds me in some ways of Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key--the pacing, style and moral ambiguity of the characters. The story began slowly, I thought, but as the action unfolded and Tagaki was introduced (on page 90!), things picked up and moved to an interesting resolution.
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