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The Rope Artist by Fuminori Nakamura

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Also by Fuminori Nakamura:

The Rope Artist, April 2024
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The Rope Artist, May 2023
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Cult X, April 2019
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The Thief, March 2012
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The Rope Artist
Fuminori Nakamura

Soho Crime
April 2024
On Sale: April 2, 2024
288 pages
ISBN: 1641295694
EAN: 9781641295697
Kindle: B0B8H24N8Q
Trade Paperback / e-Book
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Hardcover (May 2023)

Mystery | Thriller Crime

The aftermath of the murder of a bondage teacher reveals the darkest corners of the human mind in this chilling new mystery from the master of Japanese literary noir.

Two detectives. Two identical women. One dead body— then two, then three, then four. All knotted up in Japan’s underground BDSM scene and kinbaku, a form of rope bondage which bears a complex cultural history of spirituality, torture, cleansing, and sacrifice.

As Togashi, a junior member of the police force, investigates the murder of a kinbaku instructor, he finds himself unable to resist his own private transgressive desires. In contrast, Togashi’s Sherlock Holmesian colleague Hayama is morally upright to a fault, with a stalwart commitment to the truth and nearly superhuman powers of deduction. When Hayama notices a dangerous measure of darkness within Togashi, he embarks on a parallel investigation, which soon spirals out of control.

Unflinching in its flayed-raw treatment of identity, violence, sexuality, power, the occult, and the divine, The Rope Artist is both viscerally painful and unexpectedly hopeful—a genre homage that shines a light on the most dangerous elements of the human psyche.

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