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Two women from opposite sides of the law -- one a vigilante killer with terrifying pyrokinetic abilities, the other an intrepid arson investigator with the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department -- seek the same thing, justice, in this novel by Japanese crime fiction author Miyuki Miyabe.
Unassuming waitress Junko Aoki is a "walking flamethrower, a perpetually-armed assassin" whose mission in life is to hunt down and murder every single gang member who was involved in a series of senseless and brutal thrill killings involving innocent young women. Chikako Ishizu is a sergeant on the arson squad of the Tokyo Police Department who has been tracking a string of unexplainable deaths where the victims' bodies have been burnt to ash -- no sign of smoke damage, accelerants, etc. In their very divergent pursuits of justice, the two tenacious women are both drawn to a shadowy vigilante group known as the Guardians, whose members just may include top-ranking police officers and government officials…
An intriguing amalgam of horror, dark fantasy, and police procedural mystery, Crossfire is a genre-transcending tour de force. A rare literary work that almost effortlessly merges extremes, it is as restrained as it is audacious, as rational as it is outrageous. Fans of authors like Ed McBain, Ruth Rendel, and Stuart M. Kaminsky who are looking for a little supernatural spice in their police procedural will surely enjoy this fiery Japanese whodunit. Paul Goat Allen