Soho Crime to Release LAST WINTER WE PARTED by Fuminori Nakamura
The Shincho Prize for New Writers (2002). The Noma Prize (2004). The Akutagawa Prize (2005). The ?e Prize (2010). Two times a Wall Street JournalBest Book (2012, 2013). Later this fall, the recipient of the 2014 David L. Goodis Award for Noir Fiction. Last year, he was even long-listed for the Bram Stoker Award for Horror Fiction. This is all to say that Fuminori Nakamura's genre defying fiction has made him one of the most award-winning Japanese authors in recent memory.
In Last Winter We Parted (Soho Crime | October, 21st, 2014) a young writer arrives at a prison to interview a convict. The writer has been commissioned to write a full account of the case, from its bizarre and grisly details to the nature of the man behind the crime. The suspect, a world-renowned photographer named Kiharazaka, has a deeply unsettling portfolio-lurking beneath the surface of each photograph is an acutely obsessive fascination with his subject.
He stands accused of murdering two women-both burned alive-and will likely face the death penalty. But something isn't quite right, and as the young writer probes further, his doubts about this man as a killer intensify. He soon discovers the desperate, twisted nature of all who are connected to the case, and struggles to maintain his sense of reason and justice. Is Kiharazaka truly guilty, or will he die to protect someone else?
Evoking Ryunosuke Akutagawa's "Hell Screen" and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Nakamura has crafted a chilling novel that asks a deceptively sinister question: Is it possible to truly capture the essence of another human being?