When NISIOISIN, Japan's bestselling novelist, writes a murder mystery, it won't be like anything you've ever read before. Now in a new English translation!
Whether you're already a fan of Japanese phenom NISIOISIN, or a mystery reader looking for something unusual and compelling, don't wait to get your hands around STRANGULATION: Kubishime Romanticist. This follow-up to Decapitation, and the second part of NISIOISIN's debut Zaregoto series, presents a puzzling murder mystery that tells the story in the voice of a narrator who's trying his hardest to stay out of the action.
Now that he's a cool college student, our anti-hero Iichan thinks his crime-solving days are behind him. Cynical, sarcastic and minimally engaged in his studies, Iichan is much more interested in his own feelings of disaffection and isolation. But despite his resolve to remain aloof, he's pulled into the narrative when he encounters and bonds with a serial killer named Hitoshi Zerozaki - a homicidal maniac with the soul of an artist whose talent is on display at the grisly scenes of his crimes.
Written by Japan's prolific and top-selling author NISIOISIN, STRANGULATION: Kubishime Romanticist blends a tale of suspense and detection with an edgy eploration of the nature of talent, violence, and ego. This Vertical edition features a revised translation and new art by acclaimed illustrator take.
About the Author
There are few authors in Japan who have reached the heights of success that NISIOISIN has attained. Born in 1981, NISIOISIN left of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, to pursue a career in story-telling. Initially he had ambitions to be a comic artist, but when he realized his art was not up to snuff, he began to focus on his writing. He would eventually win the 23rd Mephisto Prize, for Kubikiri Cycle (Del Rey), acknowledging his talents as a mystery writer, at the age of 20. Since his debut in 2002 he has penned more than 50 novels and a number of comics.
Nishio's works often cover themes of youth, but are framed in genres that are familiar to the masses. His works tend to mix mystery with comedy and touches or romance and/or the supernatural. He is a modern author in every sense, sometimes even experiementing with the Japanese language itself. Many of his works have been adapted into animated television series and films. His best known works are the Monogatari series and Katanagatari.