The Gate of Sorrows

The Gate of Sorrows

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"A series of murders shocks Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, but Shigenori, a retired police detective, is instead obsessed with a gargoyle that seems to move. College freshman Kotaro launches a web-based investigation of the killer, and comes to find that answers may lie within an abandoned building in the center of Japan's busiest neighborhood, and beyond the Gate of Sorrows. In this new adult sequel to Miyabe's The Book of Heroes, you will meet monsters from other worlds and ordinary horrors that surpass even supernatural threats."-- Provided by publisher.
Edition: Uncorrected advanced reader copy
ISBN: 9781421586526
Characteristics: 453 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Hubbert, Jim - Translator


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Jul 14, 2017

I'd give this 4.5 stars. Japanese author Miyuki Miyabe writes a lot of mysteries, but this one is different because it blends fantasy fiction into a whodunnit. Normally I would shy away from such books, but Miyabe (with excellent translation by Jim Hubbert) does it very well indeed. Someone murders the popular founder/CEO of a web monitoring company. Is it the apparent serial killer who has been murdering others and chopping off body parts? Meanwhile, an elderly woman dies after reporting seeing a decorative gargoyle on a building move. Kotaro, a college student who works part-time at the web monitoring firm, joins forces with retired detective Shigenori to solve these mysteries.


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