Lonely Hearts Killer by Tomoyuki Hoshino
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Taking on a subject that is still largely avoided in Japan, this powerful thriller explores the threat posed by an emperor, even in a ceremonial role, to a democratic government. Set in a fictional island country, the novel is told from the perspective of a group of young adults who are embroiled in their private problems of friendship, work, and sex. Much of the plot is revealed though their internet postings, which gradually become a tool of resistance when the country's popular young emperor dies and his sister is next in line to the throne. In the confusion that follows, martial law is declared and the populace, obsessed with fears about personal and national security, agrees to accept a new authoritarian government. Horrified by the rapid swing in the nation's politics, the main characters confront the brutality that is eroding support for basic rights and environmental and humanitarian reforms.

About Tomoyuki Hoshino

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Tomoyuki Hoshino made his literary debut in Japan in 1997 and is the author of 12 novels, including Fantasista, which won the Noma Bungei award in 2003, and The Mermaid Sings Wake Up, which won the Mishima Prize in 2000. He is also known in Japan for his nonfiction essays on art, politics, social issues, and sports-particularly soccer.
Published November 1, 2009 by PM Press. 233 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, History. Fiction

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Something feels lost in translation in Hoshino’s parable-like tale of intrigue set in a conformist island nation that bears a striking resemblance to Japan. After the popular young emperor di

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