The Kingdom (Hardcover)
"This novel, translated from Japanese by Kalau Almony, is a thrilling, dark, crime novel. It follows Yurika, a seductive thief of sorts who pretends to be a prostitute while stealing incriminating photos of high powered men in Tokyo. Who she works for she isn’t exactly sure but they pay her large sums of money for her expertise and her silence. Having grown up in an orphanage and not made many connections in adulthood, Yurika is a lone wolf. Her life suddenly turns a dark corner when she runs into someone from her past and none of her clever, sneaky skills can hide her from one of the most powerful underworld bosses in Japan. At times jarring to read, this one will make your heart race."--Reviewed by Emily— From Emily Recommends
Zen-Noir master Nakamura returns to the Tokyo of The Thief, where a young grifter named Yurika finds herself in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the shadowy crime lord Kizaki.
Yurika is a freelancer in the Tokyo underworld. She poses as a prostitute, carefully targeting potential johns, selecting powerful and high-profile men. When she is alone with them, she drugs them and takes incriminating photos to sell for blackmail purposes. She knows very little about the organization she's working for, and is perfectly satisfied with the arrangement, as long as it means she doesn't have to reveal anything about her identity, either. She operates alone and lives a private, solitary life, doing her best to lock away painful memories.
But when a figure from Yurika's past resurfaces, she realizes there is someone out there who knows all her secrets: her losses, her motivations, her every move. There are whispers of a crime lord named Kizaki--"a monster," she is told--and Yurika finds herself trapped in a game of cat and mouse. Is she wily enough to escape one of the most sadistic men in Tokyo?
About the Author
Fuminori Nakamura has won numerous prizes for his writing, including the Ōe Prize, Japan's largest literary award; the David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction; and the prestigious Akutagawa Prize. The Thief, his first novel to be translated into English, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His other works include Evil and the Mask, The Gun, The Boy in the Earth, and Last Winter, We Parted.