- Hardcover: 269 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha International (December 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4770030258
- ISBN-13: 978-4770030252
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hunter Hardcover – December 15, 2006
From Publishers Weekly
The 1996 winner of Japan's Naoki Prize, Nonami's engaging, complex police procedural, her first English-language publication, introduces Tokyo detective Takako Otomichi, who, having weathered a difficult divorce, must contend with her culture's disapproval of female police officers. Otomichi faces her greatest professional challenge when she teams with veteran Sgt. Tamotsu Takizawa to solve the murder of Takuma Sugawara, a businessman who bursts into flames at a popular family restaurant. Forensics soon demystify the sudden conflagration when traces of a chemical detonator are found in the victim's belt, but the inquiry takes a whole new tack when bite marks on Sugawara are linked to a series of fatal attacks by a wolflike predator. While some readers may find the whodunit aspect a bit routine, all will hope to see more of the prolific Nonami's work made available in the U.S. (Feb.)
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In her native Japan, the author is something of a superstar, the author of dozens of popular novels in a variety of genres, although she is best known as the writer of prizewinning crime novels. This one, originally published in 1996, is the first to appear in English, and it's a corker. Takako Otomichi, a motorcycle cop recently promoted to detective, gets her first big case when a man in a restaurant is apparently the victim of spontaneous combustion. It turns out to be the first of a string of inexplicable deaths. Battling resentment from her fellow detectives (especially from her new partner), Takako soon finds that, if she wants to solve this baffling case, she has no one to rely on but herself. An atmospheric mystery with plenty of noir shadings and more than a hint of the occult, this is a razor-sharp crime novel that will leave readers hungry for more Nonami. David Pitt
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Top Customer Reviews
Takako's perseverance makes her a sympathetic character, but she is also easy to like: she's smart, she's tenacious, and she has a biting sense of humor (although, for the most part, she keeps her sarcasm to herself). She thinks of her partner as "the emperor penguin." Her partner fits the stereotype of the career cop who has sacrificed his family to his job, who drinks too much and doesn't trust women. Although most of the story is presented from Takako's point of view, we sometimes see the novel's events through her male partner's eyes. The differing perspectives offer insight into the failure of the partners to communicate -- the two characters make assumptions about each other that, left unspoken, make it impossible for them to work as a team.
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This book is written from a woman's perspective - to the extent that I would consider it feminist genre fiction. The author doesn't hit you over the head with the feminist angle - but seeing the Japanese police from the perspective of a female insider is an interesting twist on the usual murder mystery. The challenges that the female cope faces from everyone she encounters serves as a biting social critique of the status female professionals in Japanese society.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two dimensional characters. Silly plot about a wolf dog. I love Japanese novels as it give me a glimpse into Japanese society, but this was a horrible read.Published on May 12, 2011 by SH
Horrendous translation. It's as if the japanese police officers have turned american rednecks. Save your money...Published on August 30, 2010 by Anastasia I. Rouseli