The Devil's Whisper

The Devil's Whisper

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Sixteen-year-old Mamoru Kusaka has recently moved to Tokyo to live with his aunt and uncle after the death of his mother. Just as he is beginning to adjust to his new life, his uncle is involved in a late-night accident while driving his taxicab. A young coed is dead and Uncle Taiko is charged with manslaughter, even though the circumstances seem suspect.

Struggling to help his uncle, Mamoru discovers that the victim had been involved in a cruel scam with three other young women. Two of the four have also recently died in similarly violent incidents.

Several days after the accident, a powerful businessman comes forward as a witness. But instead of making things clearer, the mans testimony only adds more confusing lies and deceptions to an already puzzling case, as Mamoru races to save the last of the four women targeted by the real killer.
Publisher: Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, [2007]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9784770030535
4770030533
Branch Call Number: MIY
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 24 cm

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TRNaus
Sep 19, 2015

In this crime/thriller, Mamoru Kusaka's attempt to clear his uncle's name draws the teenager into an insidious plot that is responsible for the mysterious suicides of three young women. It is a page-turner with several different layers that made for some light entertainment. It feels a bit dated (1989) and not especially memorable -- until the last two chapter. We learn in those final pages that this the entire story is designed to create the type of three dimensional world necessary to fully appreciate and understand the temptations of revenge and retribution. Miyuki Miyabe writes tales in a variety of genres which I may look to read in the near future.

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pokano
Nov 04, 2014

High school student Mamoru's father embezzled money and then disappeared. When his mother dies, he goes to live with his aunt and uncle in Tokyo. In the meantime, two pretty women die in what looks like suicide. When a third pretty woman dies when Mamoru's uncle's taxi hits her, Mamoru becomes involved in trying to figure out what links the dead women. Miyabe's books is full of unexpected twists and turns. A thoroughly engaging read.

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