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In the Miso Soup It's New Year's Eve and Tokyo reeks of lust and slime. Kenji is an expert on the subject: Only 20 years old, he uses his knowledge of the city's seedy...In the Miso SoupMystery and Thriller It's New Year's Eve and Tokyo reeks of lust and slime. Kenji is an expert on the subject: Only 20 years old, he uses his knowledge of the city's seedy...2004-01-23Kodansha International

In the Miso Soup

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Author: Ryu Murakami; Publisher: Kodansha International

It’s New Year’s Eve and Tokyo reeks of lust and slime. Kenji is an expert on the subject: Only 20 years old, he uses his knowledge of the city’s seedy Kabuki-cho district and its underground sex scene to make a buck as a tour guide for visiting gaijin. And he’s doing fine. Until a hulking, sweating, lying American named Frank shows up and starts killing. Murakami has won some nice press here for his unflinching look at violence and the underbelly of modern Japan; there’s no doubt that it’s deserved. His latest oozes darkness and ambiguity and reads like a cross-Pacific bullet train.

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