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ISBN-13: 9784770030689
Publisher: Kodansha International
Publication date: 07/13/2007
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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MIYUKI MIYABE is Japans bestselling mystery writer. She was born in Tokyo in 1960 and worked in a law office before becoming a full-time writer. She is the recipient of numerous literary prizes, including Japan's most prestigious award for popular literature, the Naoki Prize.

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Crossfire 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
smik on LibraryThing 15 days ago
The setting is urban Tokyo. Junko Aiko is an avenger, a pyrokinetist who metes out ultimate justice to those whose crimes have gone unpunished by the law. She works alone, tracking down scum whom the police have not successfully prosecuted.The police case file about her is growing, her handiwork becoming readily identifiable but her methods are none-the-less puzzling. What sort of weapon does she carry? Why don't her victims run away? She has already been responsible for a number of deaths - mysterious fires have almost totally consumed their victims, giving the police just enough evidence to identify them, but nothing to explain how she does it.Detective Chikako Ishuzu of the arson squad of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department does not believe what the mounting evidence is telling her. A human flame-thrower? Someone who can cause instant combustion? Ishuzu is a sceptic, not a believer in paranormal powers, and it takes another detective and a 13 year old girl to convince her.But what if Junko is merely one of a number with similar powers handed down from generation to generation? What if there was a group who wanted to control and exploit these powers for their own ends? What if some of the police upper echelons were part of this group, meting out their own justice where they thought the courts had failed?Told from two points of view CROSSFIRE asks the reader to believe in such paranormal powers. A cinematic quality to the narration helps you visualize Junko's targets as they burst into flames. And then Junko the stalker becomes the stalked....CROSSFIRE is a thriller, sitting at the horror end of crime fiction.
JackFrost on LibraryThing 15 days ago
Part "Death Wish" and part police procedural, Miyabe's novel is a long, intense read with deep emotional impact. Junko Aoki is alone, both physically and emotionally, spending her days and nights tracking criminals who've escaped the Japanese legal system and disposing of them. The ties she makes with other people are tenuous and short-lived, and she doesn't hesitate to take out people who've committed minor offenses who stand in the way of her targets. Possessing the supernatural ability to manifest and control fire, Junko keeps her abilities hidden from coworkers and neighbors while also seeking a secure method of releasing the pressure that builds up inside her body.Chikako Ishizu is a detective with the Arson Squad, a middle of the road cop promoted due to the police force's affirmative action policies. Middle-aged and motherly, she is efficient and takes her job seriously but will never be one of the "good old boys." A strange series of murders involving intense heat without the use of accelerants catches her eye and she and Makihara, another detective with a reputation for supernatural conspiracy theories, set out to find out the truth.Underneath what appears to be a routine "cop versus criminal" novel lies a tale of loneliness, isolation, revenge and hope, with a little bit of violent vigilante action thrown into the mix for good measure. As with Miyabe's novel Shadow Family, a bit of time may be needed to memorize a list of Japanese names and police rankings, but it's very much worth it.
Tom_D on LibraryThing 15 days ago
I enjoyed the story more than the writing, or maybe the translation. While I don't read a huge number of translations this is the first one that I was conscious of the translation. There are many places where the dialog or wording seemed contrived to me and I would wonder if it was that way in the native Japanese or a result of the translation.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing 15 days ago
This book was all right. I liked how they showed both sides of the story and both point of views. It was a nice even exchange between chapters and it went smooth for the most part. I have to admit though, although the beginning of the book really got me it just started to fall short and falls flat midway and I found myself wondering what's going to happen next and how soon because to be honest, I was starting to get a little bored of the book. Not to mention besides the main characters, there were so many other secondary characters mentioned I was left wondering who this person was again and I had to either read back a few pages or commit to memory who they were. It got a little frustrating as they appeared for one chapter and wouldn't come back until much much later. However, I found myself a little more intrigued bit by bit on how all these characters had to be connected somehow to each other and I was left guessing until the last moment. It was actually pretty well done despite these little flaws.I really did try to like Chikako but just couldn't do it. I was really trying to warm up to her but she was just flat. It just sort of seemed although she put the pieces together and helped solved the crime she really was just there for the ride. There wasn't much personality to her I thought. Unlike Junko. I think she was the main focus in the book hence why she seemed to be the only real character in the book that developed well throughout the book. Junko went from someone who was angry and out for justice to someone who finally found closure and absolute closure.The plot moved fairly smoothly although there were a bit of bumps and blips here with background information which was useful in some parts but in some other areas of the book it wasn't really necessary. Then sometimes I felt the plot was just going in circles and very redundant. It was really starting to get old. At that point, I wished the plot would have moved more quickly instead of lingering and remaining stagnant. It also felt as if these moments were needed as a space filler. It nearly took the heart and the momentum of the plot because of these bumps.Overall, it wasn't so bad but it wasn't so great either. It could have been better but the climactic ending did make up for it and as the story came to a close, it had a nice sense of completion. Would I recommend this? Well, that depends. Stick with Junko. She's the more exciting arc in the plot than Chikako. Try and read through the unnecessary stuff but the underlying layers of the plot actually also make up for its shortfalls.
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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
This book was all right. I liked how they showed both sides of the story and both point of views. It was a nice even exchange between chapters and it went smooth for the most part. I have to admit though, although the beginning of the book really got me it just started to fall short and falls flat midway and I found myself wondering what's going to happen next and how soon because to be honest, I was starting to get a little bored of the book. Not to mention besides the main characters, there were so many other secondary characters mentioned I was left wondering who this person was again and I had to either read back a few pages or commit to memory who they were. It got a little frustrating as they appeared for one chapter and wouldn't come back until much much later. However, I found myself a little more intrigued bit by bit on how all these characters had to be connected somehow to each other and I was left guessing until the last moment. It was actually pretty well done despite these little flaws. I really did try to like Chikako but just couldn't do it. I was really trying to warm up to her but she was just flat. It just sort of seemed although she put the pieces together and helped solved the crime she really was just there for the ride. There wasn't much personality to her I thought. Unlike Junko. I think she was the main focus in the book hence why she seemed to be the only real character in the book that developed well throughout the book. Junko went from someone who was angry and out for justice to someone who finally found closure and absolute closure. The plot moved fairly smoothly although there were a bit of bumps and blips here with background information which was useful in some parts but in some other areas of the book it wasn't really necessary. Then sometimes I felt the plot was just going in circles and very redundant. It was really starting to get old. At that point, I wished the plot would have moved more quickly instead of lingering and remaining stagnant. It also felt as if these moments were needed as a space filler. It nearly took the heart and the momentum of the plot because of these bumps. Overall, it wasn't so bad but it wasn't so great either. It could have been better but the climactic ending did make up for it and as the story came to a close, it had a nice sense of completion. Would I recommend this? Well, that depends. Stick with Junko. She's the more exciting arc in the plot than Chikako. Try and read through the unnecessary stuff but the underlying layers of the plot actually also make up for its shortfalls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Crossfire by talented writer Miyuki Miyabe is an outstanding tale of destruction and mayhem. I loved this story and think anyone who enjoys a fantastic murder mystery will enjoy it as well, I say, give this writer's books a shot! You'll be glad you did! Yes, it is that good!!!