The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda | LJ Review

51GGc1kvH2L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200___1462201112_98612redstarHonda, Tetsuya. The Silent Dead. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. May 2016. 304p. tr. from Japanese by Giles Murray. ISBN 9781250061591. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867314. M
Reiko Himekawa, a 29-year-old police lieutenant in the Tokyo Metro Police Homicide Unit, takes on a strange case when a body, carefully wrapped in plastic, is discovered near a local park pond. The victim was tortured before he was brutally murdered. Gathering clues, Reiko concludes that the killer has embarked on a crime spree. The discovery of more corpses expands her investigation. Inspired to become a police officer after she was attacked as a teenager in the park, Reiko has vowed to prove her worth and her skills to her peers. As she pursues the case relentlessly, exploring a cult Internet phenomenon called Strawberry Night, it soon becomes clear that she is being hunted. VERDICT Making its U.S. debut, this Japanese best seller is finely tuned, with extreme twists and surprises. Honda has created a powerful protagonist in Lt. Himekawa, who will leave readers wanting more. This fun summer escapade will be savored by mystery and suspense readers.—Ron Samul, New London, CT

This review was published in Library Journal’s May 1, 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35 percent off the regular subscription rate.