On Sale: February 1, 2011
Featuring: Dr. Manabu Yukawa; Ishigami; Detective Kusanagi; Yasuko Hanaoka
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Suspense | Thriller Police Procedural
Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she
had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he
shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both
her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly
escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her
apartment floor. Overhearing the commotion, Yasukoâ€™s next
door neighbor, middle-aged high school mathematics teacher
Ishigami, offers his help, disposing not only of the body
but plotting the cover-up step-by-step.
When the body turns up and is identified, Detective
Kusanagi draws the case and Yasuko comes under suspicion.
Kusanagi is unable to find any obvious holes in Yasukoâ€™s
manufactured alibi, and yet is still sure that thereâ€™s
something wrong. Kusanagi brings in Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a
physicist and college friend who frequently consults with
the police. Yukawa, known to the police by the nickname
Professor Galileo, went to college with Ishigami. After
meeting up with him again, Yukawa is convinced that
Ishigami had something to do with the murder. What ensues
is a high-level battle of wits, as Ishigami tries to
protect Yasuko by outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa,
who faces his most clever and determined opponent yet.
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