Oct 15, 2014

New Release: Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
The Last Winter We Parted
Title: The Last Winter We Parted by Fuminori Nakamura
To be released October 21, 2014; Soho Press
Genre: thriller, suspense, mystery

Publisher's description:
A young writer arrives at a prison to interview a man arrested for homicide. He has been commissioned to write a full account of the case, from its bizarre and grisly details to the nature of the man behind the crime.  
The suspect, while world-renowned as a photographer, has a deeply unsettling portfolio—lurking beneath the surface of each photograph is an acutely obsessive fascination with his subject. He stands accused of murdering two women—both burned alive—and will likely face the death penalty. But something isn't quite right, and as the young writer probes further, his doubts about this man as a killer intensify. He soon discovers the desperate, twisted nature of all who are connected to the case, struggling to maintain his sense of reason and justice. What could possibly have motivated this man to use fire as a torturous murder weapon? Is he truly guilty, or will he die to protect someone else? 
The suspect has a secret—it may involve his sister, who willfully leads men to their destruction, or the "puppeteer," an enigmatic figure who draws in those who have suffered the loss of someone close to them. As the madness at the heart of the case spins out of control, the confusion surrounding it only deepens.  
What terrifying secrets will this impromptu investigator unearth as he seeks the truth behind these murders?
I enjoyed and reviewed his previous books, The Thief, and Evil and the Mask, both of which had intriguing and unexpected twists at the end. I'm looking forward to similar surprises in this book. If you like noir in your mystery, go for it.

What new release are you waiting for? 


Tea said...

Isn't that awful? The Puppeteer uses the sufferings of other people. This mystery does seem interesting. I would read it.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Ooh, sounds like the kind of book I wouldn't be able to put down...thanks for sharing!


Suko said...

I'll bet this is really good, Harvee. I look forward to your thoughts about it, or to reading it myself. :)

Brian Joseph said...

The plot definitely sounds gripping. I am getting a little squeamish about plots that describe murders of this nature so this one may not be for me.

Harvee said...

These days, I'm moving slowly away from mystery novels too, into more literary books...Never thought I'd see the day..

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

This one sounds very creepy!! I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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