While on a business trip to Kobe, Tsuneo Asai receives the news that his wife Eiko has died of a heart attack.
Eiko had a heart condition so the news of her death wasn't totally unexpected.
But the circumstances of her demise left Tsuneo, a softly-spoken government bureaucrat, perplexed.
How did it come about that his wife-who was shy and withdrawn, and only left their house twice a week to go to haiku meetings-ended up dead in a small shop in a shady Tokyo neighborhood?
When Tsuneo goes to apologize to the boutique owner for the trouble caused by his wife's death he discovers that she led a double life.
He eventually confronts her lover, and, in a moment of panic, kills him.
The police are stymied, however Tsuneo, the brilliant bureaucrat who usually leaves nothing to chance but is now hunted as a common murderer, feels the pressure and starts making mistakes.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 228 pages
- Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
- Publication Date: 09/06/2015
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781908524638