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Lady Joker, Volume 1
Lady Joker, Volume 1 | Kaoru Takamura
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"This tour-de-force is widely regarded as the quintessential post-WWII Japanese novel. A plan to kidnap a major corporation's CEO becomes an allegory for the alienation of the individual self, a mirror to modern-day Japaense identity. In 1995 in Tokyo, five men meet at the racetrack every Sunday to bet on the horses. They have little in common except a disaffection with their lives. One is a poorly socialized but genius factory welder. One is a demoted detective with a chip on his shoulder. One is an ethnically Korean banker who is tired of being ostracized for his race. One is a truck driver who struggles to make ends meet; he is also the harried single parent of a teenage girl with down's syndrome. The fifth man, Monoi, a sixty-five-year-old drug store owner, is the one who brings them all together. Monoi has a hard past and a tragic present. He grew up in poverty during the war, and gave the best years of his life working for companies that didn't take care of him. Last summer, his only grandson was killed in a highly suspicious one-person car accident; shortly after, Monoi's son-in-law, the boy's father, a successful dentist, committed suicide after a correspondence with Hinode Beer Company, a huge conglomerate where his son had been interviewing. Snooping around, Monoi discovers a very strange chain of communication between his dead son-in-law and a blackmailer over a forgotten family secret. Monoi, alone in the world and intent on revenge, decides to put together a heist that will victimize the corporate behemoth that stole his family: he will kidnap Hinode's CEO and extract blood money from the corrupt financiers who back it. He enlists his four disaffected friends to help pull it off"--
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Lady Joker, Volume 1 | Kaoru Takamura
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1. Completing a #bookspin book every month so far.

2. The tagged chunkster I'm working on.
#TwoForTuesday @TheSpineView

Thanks for the tag @EadieB!

@Sola Raynor @hollyvoncount @ICantImReading @IndoorDame Do you want to play?

SolaRaynor 1. I finished “The Anglo-Saxons“ A History of the Beginnings of England“.

2. I'd like to read “The Woman on the Orient Express“, a fictional novel about Agatha Christie.

#Eggs #DaveGreen777 #Nessavanamusic
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DrexEdit @Sola Raynor 👍☺️ 2mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
ICantImReading Thank you, that book sounds good! ☺️ I have quite a few I‘m hoping to read before the end of the year, but one I‘m looking forward to picking up soon is 2mo
DrexEdit @ICantImReading that sounds like a lovely book! 2mo
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Lady Joker, Volume 1 | Kaoru Takamura
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Hinode Beer Company, Kanagawa Factory,
To Whom It May Concern:

I, Seiji Okamura, am one of the forty employees who resigned from the Kanagawa factory of Hinode at the end of this past February.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

SolaRaynor #ADeadlyInsideScoop by Abby Collette. “Today I was going to touch the stars.“ 2mo
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Lady Joker, Volume 1 | Kaoru Takamura
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I discovered the tagged book while browsing B&N last week. From what I can tell Takamura's book has left a significant impression on Japanese culture. It is studied in school & there have been several film & tv adaptations. Based upon a high-profile kidnapping case in '84, Kirkus called Lady Joker a “challenging, genre-confounding epic.“ Clocking in at over 600 pages, vol. 1 apparently ends on a cliffhanger. If I love it as much as I suspect I👇

vivastory will, I hope that SoHo Crime will be #merciful & move up the pub. date of the second & final volume #maycharacters @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 8mo
Eggs Sounds captivating!! 8mo
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