This book follows the account of a foreign correspondent covering the disappearance(and murder) of a 21-year-old woman from the streets of Tokyo. It is particularly interesting because it is an unique insight into Japan's convoluted legal system, and delves deep into the mind of the man accused of the crime, which is described by the judge as "unprecedented and extremely evil."
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Pro It's not about just one murder
The killer manipulated, raped literally hundreds of women before killing his first victim, and that kind of darkness is present in the retelling of the events in this book.
Pro It doesn't over-dramatize events
The writer's experience with journalism helped this novel become a very unbiased piece of work.
Pro Deeply Psychological
It dives deep into the mind of the killer, making it very interesting to read, and not for the faint of stomach.
Con Documentary style
Excepting the psychological parts or the gore parts, the detailed concise storytelling that the author uses for most of the book might be too bland for some people.