The Aosawa Murders

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5.0 X 7.7 X 1.1 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
Riku Onda, born in 1964, has been writing fiction since 1991 and has published prolifically since. She has won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers, the Japan Booksellers' Award, the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize and the Naoki Prize. Her work has been adapted for film and television. Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight is her second novel to be published in English. The first was The Aosawa Murders which won the prestigious Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Best Novel and was selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book for 2020.
Alison Watts is an Australian-born Japanese to English translator and long time resident of Japan. She has published the translation of The Aosawa Murders, Aya Goda's TAO: On the Road and On the Run In Outlaw China and of Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa, released in October 2017.

PW STARRED REVIEW: ' An enigmatic and haunting crime novel. Onda's unusual narrative technique, which presents differing perspectives by giving only the responses to the interviewer's questions, enhances the nesting-doll plot. American readers will appreciate why this puzzle mystery won the annual Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Fiction.'

TIMES (London): ' The hot and humid atmosphere of the coastal town almost becomes a character in itself. The fascinating result is rich and strange, utterly absorbing. Onda makes you aware of "another, different world below the surface of this one.'

KIRKUS STARRED REVIEW: ' The domino effect of the murder on the community and the nation, as well as the swirl of uncertainty concerning the way its narratives are shaped, gives the book a striking resonance. This dark and dazzling novel defies easy categorization but consistently tantalizes and surprises.'

Mrs Peabody Investigates: ' The minute I saw this ravishing book cover, I wanted a copy. And - oh happy day - it's turned out to be one of my most satisfying crime reads of the year.'

ForeWord Reviews: ' Intoxicating details and shiver-inducing propositions hold the full story at a careful distance; when the truth emerges, it's both partial and staggering. The Aosawa Murders is an intricate and devastating search for the facts behind a complicated crime.'

NY Journal of Books: ' The genius of this novel is that it cultivates a nonstop air of menace. Practically every character comes off like a potential murderer.'