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ユージニア

Author : 恩田 陸 (おんだ りく)
Page count: 420 pages

Summary

Japanese

北陸・K市の名士・青澤家を襲った大量毒殺事件。乾杯の音頭の直後、皆がもがき苦しみ始めた。家族・親族、相伴に与った業者、遊びに来ていた近所の住人・子どもたちも合わせて、17名が死亡した。現場には、 ユージニア という意味不明の言葉が出てくる詩のような一通の手紙が残されていた。

事件は混迷を極め、捜査は遅々として進まなかった。しかし、事件から約3カ月が経過した10月も終わりの頃、一人の男が自殺した。不眠と妄想に苛まれ、精神科への通院歴もあったこの男が、今回の事件をやったのは自分だ、と遺書を残していたのだ。不明な点もあったものの、事件は一応の決着を見た。

事件から数十年、見落とされていた事件の「真実」を人々が語り出す。

English

The novel starts in the 1960s when 17 people die of cyanide poisoning at a party given by the owners of a prominent clinic in a town on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The only surviving links to what might have happened are a cryptic verse that could be the killer’s and the physician’s bewitching blind daughter Hisako, the only person spared injury. The youth who emerges as the prime suspect commits suicide that October effectively sealing his guilt while consigning his motives to mystery.
Years later, the author of a book about the murders and a police detective try to find out the truth about this crime. But the truth is only what we see from our perspective…

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Personal Opinion

Somebody recommended a criminal story by Onda Riku that would turn into a bit of a fantasy story, but they did not give the title. From what they described, it might have been this book (or not), so I’m curious to learn more about it.

Onda Riku is also the author of 夜のピクニック - not sure if this is a pro or a con? :sweat_smile:

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • A criminal story!
  • The recommendation sounded interesting to me, so I’m interested to find out more
  • The book won the 59th 日本推理作家協会賞 (Mystery Writers of Japan Award) in 2006.
  • There is an English translation available (it’s called The Aosawa Murders).
  • There is also a brand-new German translation available (called Die Aosawa-Morde).

Cons

  • Yet another criminal story…

Also, please see @wiersm“s comment on the book below.

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First Three Pages of Chapter One



Additional Pages



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