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Cult X.

Inspired by the 1995 sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway, this best-selling novel from one of Japan's most talented crime writers offers a provocative look into the world of extremist beliefs in modern culture. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/17.]

The Master Key

Originally published in 1962, this debut novel, which won Japan's Edogawa Rampo Prize, is a brilliant, suspenseful, and classic mystery that will leave readers wondering who really lives next door.


In a genre-bending novel about family and loss that shifts from a murder mystery to magical realism, Goenawan infuses her postmodern tale with enough complexity, suspense, and emotional connection to make it memorable and haunting.

The Tiger's Prey

This harrowing and exciting epic tale of revenge, betrayal, and hope will thrill Smith's many fans and adventure fiction readers. [See Prepub Alert, 4/10/17.]

The Bermuda Privateer

Full of adventure and intrigue, this first novel will be a solid entry point to a compelling series in the making. A strong choice for Patrick O'Brian fans.

The Boy in the Earth

Winner of the Akutagawa Prize, Japan's most prestigious literary award, this well-written sparse character study in psychological obsession will appeal to readers who like their fiction dark.

Six Four

A best seller in Japan, Yokoyama's English-language debut is a complex procedural that takes time to get into high gear as it follows its detective sifting through the evidence while mired in his department's bureaucratic intricacies and office politics. [See Prepub Alert, 8/16/16.]

The Kingdom

With a complex yet sympathetic antiheroine who must outwit the most cunning and twisted minds, Nakamura's (The Thief) dark crime novel sets the bar for gritty, twisted plots that keep readers constantly guessing. A great summer pick for crime and mystery buffs. [See Prepub Alert, 1/25/16.]

The Silent Dead

Making its U.S. debut, this Japanese best seller is finely tuned, with extreme twists and surprises. Honda has created a powerful protagonist in Lt. Himekawa, who will leave readers wanting more. This fun summer escapade will be savored by mystery and suspense readers.

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