Didn’t catch this before, but Vertical has the novel Pro Bono by: Seicho Matsumoto. It will be released at the end of next month. According to safetygirl0 Vertical calls it, “a very significant book” as it has 8 movie adaptations in Japan. Summary from Amazon: “When Kiriko Yanagida first came to Otsuka’s law offices, she had only a familial conviction of her brother’s innocence despite his confessing to the murder. To the high-profile (and high priced) lawyer Otsuka, this small-town girl’s belief was nothing more than naive hope, so he sent her away, advising her to find a local lawyer or something. Now, Kiriko plots to avenge her brother — entirely pro bono.”
A Guru is Born will come out next January. It is by Takeshi Kitano. Summary from Amazon: “Having lost his job and his girlfriend, Kazuo becomes a member of a religious sect, after seeing the Guru heal an old woman in a wheelchair. He soon discovers the secrets of success in the sect are much the same as the business world, the power of suggestion playing a larger role than faith.
When the Guru unexpectedly dies, Kazuo is nominated to continue the sect as the new Guru.”
A new novel will be announced at NYAF.
Fallout by: Tetsuo Takashima out next May. From Amazon: “A first-class letter–containing a single sheet of paper, on which is a diagram for making a nuclear bomb–is anonymously sent to an editor at the Daily Californian.
A political writer at the Washington Post has a message for a “Mr. Curly” awaiting him when he gets to work. Twelve hours later, presidential advisor Frank Curly is found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a Washington D.C. park. In his hotel room is a dead 15-year-old girl, spread eagle on the bed and naked, arms and legs tied to the bedposts.
Two men investigating seemingly disparate mysteries on opposite coasts unknowingly share a common bond: the clues to a conspiracy that could reshape the structure of a nation and create a terrifying new world.
Fallout’s themes of political intrigue and conspiracy reflect today’s political climate, a prescient observation given the successful Republican platform that empowered the Bush administration for much of its presidency.”
And as an aside, I added all the Vertical novels to the list of translated novel a while back.