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Bullet train / Kotaro Isaka ; translated from the Japanese by Sam Malissa.

Isaka, Kōtarō, 1971- (author.). Malissa, Sam, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 0 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library ISA (Text) 33500013455316 New Checked out 10/06/2021
Moorhead Public Library ISA (Text) 33500013455308 New Checked out 09/29/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781419756337
  • ISBN: 1419756338
  • Physical Description: 415 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : The Overlook Press, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
First published in Japan in 2010 by Kadokawa with the title Maria Bītoru.
"Soon to be a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt and Joey King" --cover.
Summary, etc.:
Lady Bird, an unlucky assassin, is tasked with grabbing a suitcase from a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka and exiting at the next stop, but doesn't realize other dangerous passengers are trying to do the same.
A dark, satirical thriller by the bestselling Japanese author, following the perilous train ride of five highly motivated assassins--soon to be a major film from Sony. Nanao, nicknamed Lady Bird--the self-proclaimed "unluckiest assassin in the world"--boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with one simple task: grab a suitcase and get off at the next stop. Unbeknownst to him, the deadly duo Tangerine and Lemon are also after the very same suitcase--and they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard. Satoshi, "the Prince," with the looks of an innocent schoolboy and the mind of a viciously cunning psychopath, is also in the mix and has history with some of the others. Risk fuels him, as does a good philosophical debate...like, is killing really wrong? Chasing the Prince is another assassin with a score to settle for the time the Prince casually pushed a young boy off of a roof, leaving him comatose. When the five assassins discover they are all on the same train, they realize their missions are not as unrelated as they first appear. A massive bestseller in Japan, Bullet Train is an original and propulsive thriller that fizzes with an incredible energy and surprising humor as its complex net of double-crosses and twists unwind. Award-winning author Kotaro Isaka takes readers on a tension-packed journey as the bullet train hurtles toward its final destination. Who will make it off the train alive--and what awaits them at the last stop?
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 August #1
    *Starred Review* Breakneck pacing, masterful character development, and well-timed comic relief set Isaka's pitch-perfect (and seamlessly translated) thriller up for blockbuster status. Yuichi Kimura boards the Shinkansen bullet train determined to murder the psychopath who pushed his five-year-old son from a department store roof. Unfortunately, vigils at his comatose son's bedside have dulled his senses, and his quarry, a young teenager known as the Prince, gets the drop on him. In another car, assassins Lemon and Tangerine have been hired to free brutal mobster Minegishi's kidnapped son and accompany him and a suitcase of recovered ransom money to Minegishi's vacation home. Likable but incredibly unlucky hired gun Nanao is also on the train, retained by Minegishi to steal the suitcase back. Nanao is set to disembark with the suitcase when he's spotted by Wolf, another assassin who's got it in for him. It's a double dose of misfortune, resulting in an accidental killing and a tragedy. The Prince, ever alert for opportunities to create mayhem, senses the stealthy furor around the suitcase and manages to hide it from everyone, creating a twisty, darkly hilarious game of musical chairs that draws out the train's hidden army of assassins and a strong dose of Machiavellian justice. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Kotaro Isaka is a bestselling and award-wining writer who is published around the world. He has won the Shincho Mystery Club Award, Mystery Writers of Japan Award, Japan Booksellers&; Award, and the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize. Bullet Train is his US debut.

Kotaro Isaka is a bestselling and award-wining writer who is published around the world. He has won the Shincho Mystery Club Award, Mystery Writers of Japan Award, Japan Booksellers&; Award, and the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize. Bullet Train is his US debut.

Subject: Teenage boys > Fiction.
Psychopaths > Fiction.
Assassins > Japan > Fiction.
Coma > Patients > Family relationships > Fiction.
High speed trains > Japan > Fiction.
Genre: Suspense fiction.
Novels.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Novels.

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