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Aug 01, 2023 | ISBN 9781641293952

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Praise for Lady Joker, Volume 2

TIME Magazine‘s 100 Best Mystery and Thriller Books of All Time
CrimeReads Best International Crime Fiction of 2022

A CrimeReads Best Crime Novel of 2022

Ms. Magazine Most Anticipated Book of 2022

“A sprawling, absorbing saga . . . Examines a vast web of characters affected by a kidnapping and sabotage case in Tokyo. The action moves fluidly from news desks to corporate offices, as the police and press track a shadowy crime group calling itself Lady Joker.”
The Washington Post

“Like all literature, readers will take what they want from Takamura’s critique of Japanese society, but at the heart of the epic novel is a gripping crime story where the actual crime itself is almost secondary to the psychological ripples it sends through the boardrooms, police stations, press offices and homes of anyone connected. This is much more of a whydunit than a whodunit — and one that was well worth the wait.”
—The Japan Times

“Takamura joins American writers James Ellroy, author of American Tabloid, and Don Winslow, author of several novels about the drug trade, to illuminate a society in which power and money matter far more than morality. All three write mysteries that also function as morality plays . . . Bravura.”
—The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Brilliantly dark.”
—Ms. Magazine

“[A] crime saga with impressive sweep.”
—The Complete Review

“A complex work of stunning breadth and depth by a master of the genre.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Admirers of intricate crime fiction, which both engages the intellect and offers insights into the hidden parts of a society, will hope for further translations of this gifted author’s work.”
—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Lady Joker, Volume 1

“Hinging on a kidnapping plot, Takamura’s prismatic heist novel offers a broad indictment of capitalist society.”
The New York Times

“[Lady Joker] is a work you get immersed in, like a sprawling 19th century novel or a TV series like “The Wire.” It reveals its world in rich polyphonic detail. Inspired by a real-life case, it takes us inside half a dozen main characters, follows scads of secondary ones and enters bars and boardrooms we could never otherwise go . . . Yet for all its digressions, Lady Joker casts a page-turning spell.”
—John Powers, NPR’s Fresh Air

“Like Ellroy’s American Tabloid and Carr’s The Alienist, the book uses crime as a prism to examine dynamic periods of social history . . . Takamura’s blistering indictment of capitalism, corporate corruption and the alienation felt by characters on both sides of the law from institutions they once believed would protect them resonates surprisingly with American culture.”
—Paula Woods, Los Angeles Times

“Like Don DeLillo’s Underworld, Takamura’s sprawling saga situates its crime plot in the context of corruption . . . A complex work of stunning breadth and depth by a master of the genre.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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