Hardback Lady Joker / Kaoru Takamura ; translated by Allison Markin Powell, Marie Iida.
Publication year: 2022
Publisher: London : John Murray,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781529394177 (hbk.) :
Translated from the Japanese.
Tokyo, 1995. Five men meet at the racetrack with little in common except a deep disaffection with their lives, but together they represent the social struggles and griefs of post-War Japan: a poorly socialized genius stuck working as a welder; a demoted detective with a chip on his shoulder; a Zainichi Korean banker sick of being ostracized for his race; a single dad of a teenage girl with Down syndrome. The fifth man bringing them all together is an elderly drugstore owner grieving his grandson, who died suspiciously after the revelation of a family connection with the segregated buraku community, historically subjected to severe discrimination. Intent on revenge against a society that values corporate behemoths more than human life, the five decide to carry out a heist: kidnap the CEO of Japan's largest beer conglomerate and extract blood money from the company's corrupt financiers.
592 pages ; 23 cm