Lady Joker: Volume 2: The Million Copy Bestselling 'Masterpiece of Japanese Crime Fiction'
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Hinging on a kidnapping plot, Takamura’s prismatic heist novel offers a broad indictment of capitalist society.” Feeling his blood pressure creeping up, Kubo told the chief, “I’ve got to see Kanzaki now, so I’ll leave you to it,” and dashed out of his hired car. It means I cannot speak about a situation that hasn’t produced an outcome. How about we call your press nook after midnight and say whether or not it’s O.K.? That’ll be all for tonight.”
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I heard that a letter demanding six hundred million was delivered to the Kyoto factory yesterday morning.” The assistant inspector repeated the English words. “Lady as in first lady. Then joker as in the trump card. Lady Joker. That’s what the crime group is calling themselves.” Takamura’s challenging, genre-confounding epic offers a sweeping view of contemporary Japan in all its complexity.With this second volume, Takamura wraps up a story based on Japan's notorious Glico-Morinaga kidnapping in 1984, though the kidnapping here takes place in 1995. The first, multi-best-booked installment introduced a cluster of individuals who trace their health problems (or those of loved ones) to a Hinode Beer factory and plot to kidnap the corporation's president. The second volume chronicles the kidnapping's aftermath, revealing high-level business malfeasance and fractures in Japanese society. With Lady Joker, the multi-award-winning Takamura gets her first translation into English. Library Journal This is second volume in the story—and a long story it is, but good, too. The action has gone on to include more than just Lady Joker’s crimes, and all the characters have different problems to deal with. You’re awful late tonight,” the network reporter at the end of the line said, throwing a skeptical look at Kubo.
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Like Ellroy’s American Tabloid and Carr’s The Alienist, the book uses crime as a prism to examine dynamic periods of social history . . . Takamura’s blistering indictment of capitalism, corporate corruption and the alienation felt by characters on both sides of the law from institutions they once believed would protect them resonates surprisingly with American culture.” Takamura joins American writers James Ellroy, author ofAmerican Tabloid, and Don Winslow, author of several novels about the drug trade, to illuminate a society in which power and money matter far more than morality. All three write mysteries that also function as morality plays . . . Bravura.”
My thanks to John Murray Press U.K. Baskerville for an eARC and to John Murray Press U.K. Audio for a review copy of the unabridged audiobook edition, both via NetGalley, of ‘Lady Joker Volume 2’ by Kaoru Takamura. The audiobook is narrated by Brian Nishii. A tasty, if not always tasteful, tale of supernatural mayhem that fans of King and Crichton alike will enjoy. My car got into a fender bender,” Kubo replied with forced sulkiness as he stood in the alley darkness. He had to keep his head down to hide the excitement that was no doubt evident on his face.