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Title Lady Joker
Author Kaoru Takamura
ISBN 9781529394184
Pages 592
Condition Very Good
Format Paperback


One of Japan’s great modern masters, Kaoru Takamura, makes her English-language debut with this two-volume publication of her magnum opus. Tokyo, 1995. Five men meet at the racetrack every Sunday to bet on horses. They have little in common except a deep disaffection with their lives, but together they represent the social struggles and griefs of post-War Japan: a poorly socialized genius stuck working as a welder; a demoted detective with a chip on his shoulder; a Zainichi Korean banker sick of being ostracized for his race; a struggling single dad of a teenage girl with Down syndrome. The fifth man bringing them all together is an elderly drugstore owner grieving his grandson, who has died suspiciously after the revelation of a family connection with the segregated buraku community, historically subjected to severe discrimination. Intent on revenge against a society that values corporate behemoths more than human life, the five conspirators decide to carry out a heist: kidnap the CEO of Japan’s largest beer conglomerate and extract blood money from the company’s corrupt financiers. Inspired by the unsolved true-crime kidnapping case perpetrated by "the Monster with 21 Faces", Lady Joker has become a cultural touchstone since its 1997 publication, acknowledged as the magnum opus by one of Japan’s literary masters, twice adapted for film and TV and often taught in high school and college classrooms.

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Title Bad Kids
Author Zijin Chen
ISBN 9781782277620
Pages 336
Condition Very Good
Format Paperback


THE PERFECT CRIME DOESN’T EXIST One beautiful morning, Zhang Dongsheng pushes his wealthy in-laws off a remote mountain. It’s the perfect crime. Or so he thinks. For Zhang did not expect that teenager Chaoyang and his friends would catch him in the act. An opportunity for blackmail presents itself and the kids start down a dark path that will lead to the unravelling of all their lives. Dark, heart-stopping and violent, Bad Kids is the suspense thriller that has taken China by storm, proving that anyone has what it takes to become a killer.

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Title Force of Nature
Author Jane Harper
ISBN 9781250191663
Pages Paperback
Condition Good
Format Paperback


FIVE WOMEN GO ON A HIKE. ONLY FOUR RETURN. When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. After all, this retreat is supposed to take the office workers out of their air-conditioned comfort zone. It's supposed to be a bonding experience. It's supposed to be a bonding experience. It's supposed to build trust. But it doesn't work out that way. One of the women doesn't come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case--and in just a matter of weeks, she was supposed to help him bring down both the company she works for and the people she works with. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated bushland, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains and a tangled web of personal friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

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