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Japan's most popular and honored mystery writer makes his major English language debut in this richly imaginative and refreshingly unconventional mystery. The corpse at the center of this mystery belongs to the abusive ex-husband of Yasuko Hanaoka. His violent temper and vicious attempts at extortion escalate into a fight that leaves him dead and the helpless mom in a near hopeless predicament. Coming to this attractive divorcee's rescue is her lonely neighbor, a high school teacher named Ishigami who not only disposes of the body, but also concocts an ingeniously logical cover-up. After the body is discovered and identified, the math instructor himself falls under suspicion. What follows are rapidly shifting battles of sharp wits that will delight readers and arouse their powers of empathy. The Stieg Larsson of the new millennium?