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Intriguing and intelligent,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Informer (Hardcover)
Having failed as both a stockbroker and an entrepreneur, Segawa is desperate for money and takes on the morally dubious job of an industrial spy. His target is a secret chemical process of a company run by his old friend Ogino. To complicate matters, Ogino is married to Segawa's former girlfriend. When Ogino is murdered, Segawa becomes the prime suspect. In a fast-moving plot involving adultery and betrayal, we learn fascinating details of Japanese culture such as the Kabutocho (the Japanese Wall Street), industrial espionage and the Japanese legal system. The criminal investigation by prosecutor Kirishima and inspector Yoshioka proceeds in an orderly and logical manner and builds up to a tense and dramatic conclusion. The reader is kept guessing until the very end in this intriguing and intelligent mystery. Readers who enjoy this book will also enjoy the other two available translations of Takagi's works, namely "The Tatoo Murder Case" and "The Honeymoon to Nowhere".