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Last Winter We Parted    by Fuminori Nakamura order for
Last Winter We Parted
by Fuminori Nakamura
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Soho, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'Do you really think that a person could murder someone, purely for the sale of art? There must be something that fostered his madness to such a point. There's a more brutal madness to this than two simple murders.'

This quote from Last Winter We Parted succinctly captures the issue this award winning novel raises. Two women have been burned alive and the accused killer, a renowned photographer named Kiharazaka, faces the death penalty for the heinous crimes.

A young writer has been commissioned to interview Kiharazaka in prison and write a full account of the case. As the interviews continue, the writer becomes convinced that the accused man is not the killer, but why is he willing to accept blame for the crimes?

The winner of the 2014 David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction, this dark mystery muddies the line between good and evil to the point where there isn't a distinguishable difference any more. Just over 200 pages in length, this short novel will continue to resonate with the reader long after it is finished.

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