Promenade of the Gods

By Koji Suzuki; Takami Nieda (Translator)
(Vertical, Hardcover, 9781934287262, 319pp.)

Publication Date: August 26, 2008

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It begins with a woman's search to find her husband, who disappears after watching a TV show. She enlists the aid of her husband's best friend, and together they discover that the famous female personality of the TV show disappeared after the same evening's broadcast as well. The duo's search leads to a battle within a religious cult. Each answer brings only more questions, until the story's stunning final solution is revealed.
"Promenade of the Gods" is a parallel piece to Koji Suzuki's successful "Ring "series and even contains some sl nods to his famous work. Its theme of planet-wide subjugation via technology echoes that in "Ring," and like "Ring," the way in which the pieces of the mystery in "Promenade "come together only materialize in the book's final moments, culminating in a most unsettling conclusion.

About the Author
Koji Suzuki was born in 1957 in Hamamatsu, southwest of Tokyo. He attended Keio University where he majored in French. After graduating he held numerous odd jobs, including a stint as a cram school teacher. Also a self-described jock, he holds a first-class yachting license and crossed the U.S., from Key West to Los Angeles, on his motorcycle.The father of two daughters, Suzuki is a respected authority on childrearing and has written numerous works on the subject. He acquired his expertise when he was a struggling writer and househusband. Suzuki also has translated a children's book into Japanese, "The Little Sod Diaries" by the crime novelist Simon Brett.In 1990, Suzuki's first full-length work, "Paradise" won the Japanese Fantasy Novel Award and launched his career as a fiction writer. "Ring," written with a baby on his lap, catapulted him to fame, and the multi-million selling sequels "Spiral "and" Loop" cemented his reputation as a world-class talent. Often called the "Stephen King of Japan," Suzuki has played a crucial role in establishing mainstream credentials for horror novels in his country. He is based in Tokyo but loves to travel, often in the United States. "Birthday" is his sixth novel to appear in English.

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