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Shigeo Segawa, former stockbroker, has hit bottom. Years ago he gave up his beloved, Eiko Murozaki, and allowed her to marry their rich friend, Shoichi Ogino; some years afterwards, he was fired for manipulating stocks. One day he meets Kazumi Yamaguchi, who once substituted Eiko in Segawa's mind, and along with friend Shozo Ogushi they lead him into a seemingly stable job with Mikio Sakai, a small-time goods trader.
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Sakai's operation, however, is actually the front for an industrial spying agency. Segawa gets a secret mission to investigate a new product codenamed "Paramizol" currently under secret research by Shichiyo Chemicals, which is owned by none other than old friend and rival, Shoichi Ogino... Along the way he seduces one of the chemists in charge and rekindles his old affair with Eiko...
Then, when nobody expects it, Ogino is brutally murdered, and then Kazumi is taken down as well. Segawa is the obvious suspect, but DA Saburo Kirishima has his doubts, and with the aid of his girlfriend, Kyoko Tatsuda, he begins to investigate further...

Only Kirishima and Kyoko can save Segawa from the death penalty for a murder he did not commit. You will be surprised at what they find out.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1960's-1970's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Murder of certain profession?    -   businessmen Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   Japanese


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, dangerous (like New York)    -   dangerous    -   rude people

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   blunt clubbing (like seals) Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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