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Villain A chilling and seductive story of loneliness desperation and murder Villain is the English language debut of one of Japan s most popular writers A woman is killed at a ghostly mountain pass in sout

A chilling and seductive story of loneliness, desperation, and murder, Villain is the English language debut of one of Japan s most popular writers A woman is killed at a ghostly mountain pass in southern Japan and the local police quickly pinpoint a suspect But as the puzzle pieces of the crime slowly click into place, new questions arise Is a villain simply the persoA chilling and seductive story of loneliness, desperation, and murder, Villain is the English language debut of one of Japan s most popular writers A woman is killed at a ghostly mountain pass in southern Japan and the local police quickly pinpoint a suspect But as the puzzle pieces of the crime slowly click into place, new questions arise Is a villain simply the person who commits a crime or are those who feel no remorse for malicious behavior just as guilty Moving from office parks and claustrophobic love hotels to desolate seaside towns and lighthouses, Shuichi Yoshida s dark thriller reveals the inner lives of men and women who all have something to hide.

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About Author

  1. Shūichi Yoshida says:
    Sh ichi Yoshida was born in Nagasaki, and studied Business Administration at Hosei University He won the Bungakukai Prize for New Writers in 1997 for his story Saigo no Musuko , and the Akutagawa Prize in 2002 the fifth time he d been nominated for the prize for Park Life In 2002 he also won the Yamamoto Prize for Parade, and for winning both literary and popular prizes Yoshida was seen as a crossover writer, like Amy Yamada or Masahiko Shimada In 2003 he wrote lyrics for the song Great Escape on Tomoyasu Hotei s album Doberman His 2007 novel Villain won the Osaragi Jiro Prize and the Mainichi Publishing Culture Award, and was recently adapted into an award winning 2010 film by Lee Sang il.

Comment 576 on “Villain

  1. j says:
    You may have seen Villain touted as the next Stieg Larsson Never mind that Steig Larsson is a person and Villain is a book Probably the people who said this meant Stieg Larsson s books So aside from the fact that they are both translated into English and involve murder, I noted the following similarities between the two for however many chapters it took for me to get bored of writing stuff down while trying to read this kind of dull book we re repeatedly told what street everything is on, and ab [...]

  2. Jessica says:
    I have a weakness for Japanese crime novels Matsumoto, Miyabe, Higashino and this one, by Shuichi Yoshida, is among the best What s wonderful is how easily, how naturally, Yoshida slips into various points of view, giving us a full picture of the culture of a contemporary small Japanese city and seaside town The novel might be subtitled Mitsuse Pass as the treacherous mountain road, the scene of the crime, is always in the background and often visited by various characters But perhaps the most i [...]

  3. Tony says:
    Crime novels are often the best kind of fiction for illuminating a society, and I ve certainly found that to be the case with the Japanese crime fiction I ve read They really highlight some of the aspects of Japan that are so completely different from life in America In this first of Yoshida s books to be translated into English, a sense of isolation and oppression hangs heavily over many of the characters, both young and old, and the overall effect is a portrait of a stifling society at odds wi [...]

  4. Robyn Smith says:
    This novel presents a bleak picture of Japanese society today, with all the problems Western countries have experienced for years However, it is written in a very interesting way, by revealing the murderer s identity during the course of the book,as well as describing the main characters and their alienation and loneliness, in relationships, particularly with families.I did find myself thinking about halfway through the book, oh no, not new characters, but it was relevant and added to the story [...]

  5. Michael says:
    One morning in January 2006, the body of a female insurance saleswoman, Yoshino was found dead on Mitsue Pass A young construction worker, Yuichi is arrested for her murder Shifting perspectives, Villain tells the story of the events leading up to Yoshino s murder and the aftermaths.Kosaku Yoshida is often considered as one of Japan s best crime writers and as a fan of Japanese Lit, I knew I had to check one of his books out However I was a little disappointed the story was interesting but I was [...]

  6. Anh says:
    Th t l ng th n t n l c c qua trang th 300, v n th y y l m t c u chuy n kh ng c g m i m , t nh rate cho 2 r i, c m c n o n g n v cu i v n t n khi g p s ch l i, trong l ng l i ngh n u m nh kh ng rate cu n n y 4 th th t l d i l ng.T nh ti t h i l ng v ng, hung th c tu i th s t s o t o n, b n c nh v n ch nh d o n hung th t u th ng l h i g y ng n ng m, nh ng h n m t c gi c ng x y d ng th m nh ng tuy n nh n v t ph V , kh ng ph i ch nh v o hung th , c c tuy n nh n v t ph c ch m ch t c n th n n y l m t [...]

  7. Maureen Lo says:
    I wonder what if Jay Rubin were to translate this book

  8. Lenore Beadsman64 says:
    l uomo che andava a letto con la solitudineuna ragazza, di cui sappiamo dalla prima pagina che ha mentito alle sue amiche sul tipo che dice di frequentare, viene trovata morta, le amiche riferiscono in parte quello che sanno alla polizia e il ragazzo che era indicato come il suo amico sparito da giorni un altro uomo che la frequentava comincia a entrare in agitazione, mentre la madre di questi e le sue vicine si mettono di punto in bianco a mentire alla poliziaallo con un sottofondo di leggera t [...]

  9. Bắp says:
    3,5 sao R t nhi u l n v th c ngh t i Higashino Keigo trong qu tr nh c C th do y c ng l 1 cu n c thi n h ng trinh th m t m l x h i th c ra g i l trinh th m th khi n c ng c ng kh nhi u ch t hay do trong truy n c 1 nh n v t t n l Keigo Tuy th tr nh c a b c h i n y ch c ph i g i b c Keigo l b t c 3V i 1 a m m y th u m nh m nh th 1 cu n s ch v i nh ng l i t a b a nh n y n gi n l c c k kh c ng, l kh ng th b qua M t kh o c u h p d n v s c c v n i tuy t v ng , g y x c ng x o tr n v s c c, d i tr c ng kh [...]

  10. Sam Still Reading says:
    Villain was one of the books I bought with a Christmas gift voucher I am interested in Japanese fiction translated into English, enjoying Natsuo Kirino and Haruki Murakami to name a few So when I saw another Japanese translated work on the shelf, I jumped on it immediately.Villain does not disappoint It is a tightly woven thriller, linking together many disparate characters who are all somehow involved in the murder of a young lady on the creepy Mitsue Pass It involves her friends, her imagined [...]

  11. Haiiro says:
    c c nh n gi ng nh ch i tr x p h nh kh ng ph i JAV Nh n v o ng m nh gh p, nh n ra c lo ng tho ng y l ng i nh , y l kh m hoa, y l h n c nh ng ban u ch a bi t ph i r p ph n n o v o u M t tr ch i qu thi u y u t k ch th ch v gi t g n, l i c n t m v c n nhi u th i gian.Nh ng ph n nh n m gi a c c d u sao trong ph n u cu n s ch v i m t ng nh n v t ph xu t hi n, i khi ch kh c g m y m nh gh p tr ng tinh x p th kh m ch l m c nh p h n c l m t i ng p ru i su t m b n kho n kh ng bi t n ng vai tr g trong c u c [...]

  12. Sharlene says:
    So the first couple of pages of Villain don t exactly make you want to jump into the fray Because it reads like a rather boring travel guide, written by somebody who is rather into transportation and roads You can know all you need to know about the tolls for vehicles between Nagasaki and Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Hakata.I went along with it, and then comes the trigger The last paragraph of the first section tells the reader of an arrest, of a crime, essentially spelling it out for you.And that s th [...]

  13. winnie says:
    WOW.what an AMAZING story i m a HUGE fan of japanese mysteries translated into english it s been a long long time since i ve read a book like Villain and felt the rush of a storyline that absorbs you completely Shuichi Yoshida weaves a stellar cast of characters that leaves you entranced finding out about how their relationships are all interwoven the heart of the story is a murder of an office lady who is found at the top of a haunted tunnel pass in japan the story develops by introducing a wh [...]

  14. 4cats says:
    Fascinating novel which isn t just a crime novel It looks at the victim, the murderer but also at their families and their friends This isn t a novel where everything is black and white , the lines blur, the characters challenge you to understand them Intelligent, interesting and it really makes you think.

  15. fivethousandbooks says:
    This novel just didn t resonate well with me I usually devour Japanese crime novels but reading this seemed like a chore and I had to speed read in the end to get it over and done with.

  16. Mobyskine says:
    It started with a crime already took place and someone been caught and the story goes wandering around through each characters involved their point of views, emotions and thoughts, the hidden feeling and stories, testimonies.Love how it all goes For each sub chapter with different characters telling their stories, I was been hypnotized with the story telling getting all emotional and heart breaking, mad and unsatisfied, sympathy and hatred.I actually feel bad for Yuichi, for what he had to face [...]

  17. Hải Yến says:
    c quy n n y man m c th y gi ng c ch vi t c a b c Keigo nh ng d nhi n b c y v n h n m t b c.N i v y kh ng c ngh a l quy n n y kh ng hay, ng c l i c n kh thu h t.M y l i t a ph a sau s ch th i ph ng h i qu , c t n quy n s ch c ng v y v khi l ng tri ph i l n ti ng k u c u th ti ng k u n c i v tuy t v ng y c ng l t th m v ch m ngh m gi a m t x h i san s t nh ng b c t ng ng n c ch d ng l n b i l ng ch k , d ng d ng v t l i c xong m i bi t c c i n y n.V n l th ng nh n v t nam ch nh cu i c ng ph i ch u [...]

  18. Rose Lemberg says:
    My spouse got this for me thinking it s a hardboiled detective novel at least a thriller , but it was a literary novel about loneliness, despair, and alienation The cover is striking but entirely misleading, as there are neither guns nor bones in the story I wanted to read a hardboiled detective novel and would have probably given this a pass if I knew about it before I began reading, but I would have missed out It is haunting even has some supernatural elements , memorable, and finely written. [...]

  19. Janeli says:
    4.5 stars Amazing story, filled with suspense and mystery Might give a reread in the future

  20. Hilmi Isa says:
    Sebelum saya memulakan ulasan yang lebih lanjut mengenai novel yang berasal dari Jepun yang dialih bahasa kepada bahasa Inggeris ini,terlebih dahulu saya ingin mengemukakan beberapa ciri unik yang terdapat di dalam novel yang bertajuk Villain,hasil tulisan Shuichi Yoshida Pertama,novel yang mempunyai ketebalan 295 muka surat ini hanya mempunyai 5 buah bab sahaja Walau bagaimanapun,setiap bab mempunyai sub sub bab yang umpama menjadi checkpoints kepada sesuatu bab Sub bab tersebut ditanda dengan [...]

  21. Bria says:
    This was a great thriller wrapped up in some poor translation The translator is the same man who worked on some of Haruki Murakami and Natsuo Kirino, but for some reason this translation was not as well done There were sentences that seemed awkward, not like they were grammatically incorrect, but like they just didn t make sense with modern ways of saying the same thing The book seemed unnecessarily formal and as if it was a direct translation, dog ate cat, notthedog atethecat There were some pi [...]

  22. Hoàng Linh says:
    L i m t cu n ti u thuy t m t hi n th c Nh t b n, m nh ngh r ng c u chuy n t nh y u c a Yuichi v Mitsuyo l i m s ng, l ni m hi v ng cho c i ph ng n n x m x t c a truy n nh ng m n nh ng trang cu i c ng th k th c th y c i th gi i m t c gi x y d ng ho n to n ng nh n t u n cu i l nh l ng, h h ng, thi u ni m tin

  23. Richard Stuart says:
    Villain is a book that tells human truths in all their honesty and ugliness It is well paced with nice characterizations and has a plot that illuminates the central character s soul so much that others around him are seen through its shinning brilliance Note you must read to the very end to savor this book s central psychological contradiction.

  24. Karen says:
    I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to read VILLAIN, although the Japan Book News quote on the back of the book lays out a panorama of modern Japanese society, a patchwork composed of people of various classes and occupations really appealed And the book most definitely did not disappoint.Intricate, telling, tightly woven, tense and yet somehow languid and flowing, VILLAIN was an outstanding read Not just because of the way that the identity of the murderer slowly creeps up on you, but [...]

  25. Dion says:
    As an avid reader of Japanese literature, Villain struck a cord with me that I either never paid attention to with other books or never knew I had in the first place Sure there have been several books that have moved me in various ways but with Villain the feeling is different.I didn t really empathize with any of the characters in any way, not Yoshio and his wife Satoko, not Yuichi, not Yoshino Normally these characters leave an impression on me once I reach the last page but with this book tha [...]

  26. Linh Bún says:
    A boy who was abandoned by his mom.A girl who never found love.A dad who lives for his daughter A grandma who hopes for courage And the heartless, the ignorant, the indifferent, the ungrateful, the depressed, the socially awkward, the unconfident, the insignificantAll the people appeared in this story gave a piece, or all, of their lives, to demonstrate the lives of thousands others in the society There are social issues, generations gap, reckless lifestyles, materialism, crimes, and in this bo [...]

  27. David Haws says:
    Shelby Foote noted a nearly universal desire on the part of young, white, southern boys from his generation to be at Seminary Ridge before the flags were unfurled and somehow exact a different ending than what inevitably followed Pickett s Charge In the beginning of a new relationship, we all hold onto a similar, grim belief that somehow with us, this time, things will end differently Villain explores the gap between what we want in our relationships, and what we get As a species, we are basical [...]

  28. Shravan Bendapudi says:
    Although this is my first Japanese crime novel, this book continues my current love affair with translated Japanese literature Haruki Murakami, Ryu Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto and the ilk What I love about the books these guys write is that there is so much earnestness and so much heart in all the characters they write out you can make out the care that the authors take in carving out these people each mundane day to day action to the next Never flash, never resorting to pizzazz to hold your inte [...]

  29. Gerald Kinro says:
    Yoshino Ishibashi, a young insurance sales woman is found dead aat a mountain pass in Kyushu, Southern Japan Yuichi Shimizu, a 27 year old construction worker with a troubled past becomes the prime suspect In the meantime, Yuichi befriends Mitsuyo who like Yoshino, is lonely and wanting for love and acceptance In this uniquely plotted work, Yoshida creates a noir mystery where it is not the police or the authorities who solve the crime first, but the reader In fact there is very little scenes wi [...]

  30. Syl says:
    3.5 starter better than average, but something missing to pass it with distinction And here, the something was the ambiguity as to the ending, and the thought process that went behind the violence A girl who likes finding online dates and make them pay for favors, is found strangled near a lonely highway pass,and her middle class parents are devastated Soon dirty secrets emerge, and the suspects narrow down to two of her recent boyfriends both of whom had interactions with her on the fatal day A [...]

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