The Poison Ape

By Arimasa Osawa; Deborah Iwabuchi (Translator)
(Vertical, Paperback, 9781934287248, 313pp.)

Publication Date: December 16, 2008

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Detective Samejima works alone...because no one will work with him. Shunned by his peers, scorned by his superiors, and feared by the yakuza, "The Shark," as he is called, works the dangerous Shinjuku section of Tokyo.
This second installment of the popular Japanese series finds The Shark embroiled in a conflict among a professional Taiwanese killer, called "The Poison Ape"; the Taiwanese detective who pursues him; and the hard-hearted boss of the Taiwanese mafia. At stake: Shinjuku, the already treacherous streets of which will semm like an esplanade compared to the battlefield they will become if war breaks out between the Japanese and Taiwanese mafias.
The "Shinjuku Shark "series carries with it an atmosphere unique to Tokyo, which has been a selling point for such pop phenomena as Gwen STefani's entourage of Harajuku Girls, films like "Lost in Translation," and the Edgar-nominated "Out " by Natsuo Kirino.

About the Author
Arimasa Osawa was born in 1956 in Nagoya. After dropping out of Keio University, he dove head first into fiction writing, winning the First Detective Fiction Award in 1979 for his first novel, "The Sentimental Street Corner," In 1991, he won the Eiji Yoshikawa Award and Japan Mystery Writers Association Award, and in 1993, the Naoki Award, all for installments in the "Shinjuku Shark "series.

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