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マリアビートル

Author: 伊坂 幸太郎

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Summary

Japanese

幼い息子の仇討ちを企てる、酒びたりの殺し屋「木村」。優等生面の裏に悪魔のような心を隠し持つ中学生「王子」。闇社会の大物から密命を受けた、腕利きの二人組「蜜柑」と「檸檬」。とにかく運が悪く、気弱な殺し屋「天道虫」。疾走する東北新幹線の車内で、狙う者と狙われる者が交錯する――。

English

Kimura, a drunken hit man plotting revenge for his young son. Prince, a junior high school student who hides a demon-like heart behind his honor student face. Lemon and Tangerine, a highly-skilled duo with secret orders from a boss of the underworld. And finally, Ladybug, the unlucky and timid assassin. In the cars of the high-speed Tohoku Shinkansen, predator and prey overlap…

Length: 592 pages
Category: Fast

Availability

amazon.co.jp (paperback)
bookwalker (ebook)

Personal Opinion

The movie Bullet Train is based on this book. I thought the movie was pretty good, so I’d like to read the book too.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • If you liked the movie: it’ll be cool to see how similar or different it is.
  • If you didn’t like the movie: the book is always better than the movie, right? Better read it to make sure.
  • If you haven’t seen the movie: reading the book will help you decide if you should watch it.
  • Everyone likes trains.

Cons

  • Might be a bit long.

Pictures

The bookwalker page has a lengthy preview.

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