"For those who enjoy psychological, suspenseful thrillers “A Caring Man” by Akira Arai is well-written, cerebral, dark, intense and an entertaining read from beginning to end...Uncompromising and shocking, “A Caring Man” is recommended!" J-ENT!
A Caring Manby Akira Arai
Tokyo, 2011. An unknown terrorist group has destroyed an iconic landmark in the Japanese capital, signaling the start of a series of attacks that the group's enigmatic leader promises will culminate in a "Final Event" a massacre of unprecedented proportions. With no leads to work with aside from the ingeniously devised detonators used in the first bombing,… See more details below
Tokyo, 2011. An unknown terrorist group has destroyed an iconic landmark in the Japanese capital, signaling the start of a series of attacks that the group's enigmatic leader promises will culminate in a "Final Event" a massacre of unprecedented proportions. With no leads to work with aside from the ingeniously devised detonators used in the first bombing, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police is forced to contemplate the grim possibility of international terrorists targeting Japan, but one detective has a hunch that the perpetrators are to be found much closer to home…
Part psychological thriller, part fantasy horror, A Caring Man is film producer and author Akira Arai's richly imagined exploration of violence and social ennui tale filled with compellingly drawn characters that offers a unique glimpse into the dark heart of modern Japanese society.
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Meet the Author
Akira Arai is an author and journalist currently based out of the trendy, almost bohemian, neighborhood of Shimokitazawa in western Tokyo. A regular columnist for KERSOL Magazine, Mr. Arai writes with a focus on the modern arts and film.
Better known around the globe as film producer and writer Seiichi Tsukuda. As an early player in the Saison Group's cinema expansion in the early 80's, Arai went on to develop and open a number of movie theaters in the greater Tokyo area. He then went on to launch Japanese film studio Kinetique in 1995. As a Kinetique producer Arai funded motion picture films such as Vincent Gallo's Buffalo '66 (1998) and Brown Bunny (2003), Bill Murray and Sharon Stone's Broken Flowers (2006) as well as the indie animated feature TAMALA 2010 (2002).
To this day Arai splits his time evenly doing film and prose. In 2007 he produced an indie film shot primarily in the narrow arcade shopping center within his Shimokitazawa neighborood.
A Caring Man is his first book in more than 15 years and it won the 2009 Golden Elephant Award for Interantional Genre Fiction.
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Suspense is the perfect word to describe A Caring Man. This Japanese thriller by Akira Arai offers a convincing eye on the world of millennials, media, government, celebrity and crime. Less a psychological drama about why, how and who, the question to answer is “what next?”. Some of the subject matter may be difficult to read or understand. However, it struck quite a chord with me. The novel dragged out a gambit of emotions from tears to fear as only the best of fiction seems to accomplish. While there are some unique Japanese aspects, it is entirely easy to imagine the story of A Caring Man taking place in any metropolitan city around the world. This is perhaps part of the chilling factor the novel exudes and why it is the 2010 co-recipient of the Golden Elephant Award’s Grand Prize. The decision meant to honor and further recognition of authors and novels which are predicted to gain cross-cultural appeal, is one I wholeheartedly agree with. A Caring Man is highly recommended to both crime and Japanese novel aficionados but, also anyone who appreciates good literature interwoven with subtle social commentary.