Soul cage

by Honda, Tetsuya, 1969-

Format: Print Book 2017
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A severed hand, a missing body, and a victim who was living under a false identity all add up to the most complex and challenging case yet for Homicide Detective Reiko Himekawa - in Tetsuya Honda's Soul Cage .

A worker reports his boss missing, and a large amount of blood is found in the rented garage he used. At the same time, a severed left hand is found in a minivan abandoned in the outskirts of Tokyo, which is quickly identified as belonging to this missing man, Kenichi Takaoka. Lt. Reiko Himekawa of the Homicide Division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department is assigned to the investigation, along with her squad and several other units. From the amount of blood spilled in the van and atthe crime scene, it's clear to the team that the missing contractor Keninichi Takaoka is dead and presumably murdered. But searches of the area around the abandoned van and the river itself fail to turn up the rest of the body.

The mystery surrounding the murder takes a sharp turn when a childhood friend of the presumed victim is shown a recent photo and definitively declares that the missing man is not Takaoka. With every line of investigation leading to a confusing dead end, Himekawa and her team uncover a trail leading to a long-running yakuza scheme of forced suicide for profit, a complex history of victims, and a case of past transgressions coming back to destroy the present. As time runs out, Himekawa must unravel the mystery surrounding the severed hand if she's to protect and rescue the next victim.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is the second novel (after The Silent Dead, 2016) in Honda's series, starring Lieutenant Reiko Himekawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Homicide Division, to be published in the U.S. In Japan, the series has been hugely successful, jumping off into both television and the movies. Honda gives us a broad-based police procedural, showing how the various components of crime solving all fit together within the major task force. There's still the traditional cop pettiness and humor to lighten the proceedings. A severed hand has been found in a minivan outside Tokyo; copious amounts of blood fill the garage of the hand's owner, but no body turns up. The investigation leads to a disturbingly delineated suicide-for-survivors'-profit scheme, run by the Japanese yakuza. Honda shuttles between two narratives, one told by the orphan survivor of a construction-site suicide scheme; the other tracing the crime investigation to great effect throughout. Himekawa comes across as a little unbelievable at times, but the intricate plotting and vivid settings carry the day.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The discovery of a severed hand inside a sealed plastic bag in an illegally parked minivan propels Honda's excellent second mystery featuring Lt. Reiko Himekawa of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police's homicide unit (after 2016's The Silent Dead). The vehicle was reported missing, by 20-year-old Kosuke Mishima, from a garage rented by his employer, Kenichi Takaoka of Takaoka Construction. A large pool of blood was on the garage floor. Mishima notified the authorities only after he was unable to reach his boss by phone. When the DNA from the hand and the pool of blood match, the police proceed on the theory that Takaoka was murdered. Though Mishima's new girlfriend, whom he met about a month earlier, provides him with an alibi, Reiko is intrigued to learn of an unusual coincidence: both Mishima's and his girlfriend's fathers died in construction accidents. Honda heightens suspense by leaving the reader to wonder how that revelation connects with the novel's cryptic prologue; the ultimate answer to this clever blend of procedural and whodunit doesn't disappoint. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Fiction.
Women detectives -- Japan -- Tokyo -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First U.S. edition.
Other Titles Souru keiji.
Contributors Murray, Giles, translator.
Language English
In English, translated from the Japanese.
Notes Translation of: Souru keiji.
Description 299 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250061584
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