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Shinjuku Shark by Arimasa Osawa
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Mar 13, 2010

really liked it
Recommended for: Anyone

Although I only stayed in Shinjuku on one trip to Japan, most of the high-density sections of the city evoke a similar sensation. The book brought home for me the rhythm and and flavor of the city and its nightlife.

I think the average rating does not do the author, translator, and book justice. I can see how it began a line of popular crime novels that (apparently) continues strong today, more than a decade later. Granted the novel is rough around the edges, but I suspect it intends to shock the reader as well as weave a good and interesting yarn.

I plan on finding further books in this series, assuming they have made it to the translator's desk. My Japanese is entirely verbal and regrettably, quite limited.
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