• Yoshida has been compared to Stieg Larsson for his pairing of lurid crime and social critique, but his tone is less sensationalist, more melancholic...Yoshida exposes cruelty and alienation at all levels of Japanese society

    New Yorker
  • A gripping psychological thriller which shows a very different Japan from the neon-lit Tokyo we are more used to

    Financial Times
  • It isn't hard to see why it has caused a sensation among readers and critics in Japan. Villain is a superlative crime novel with intriguing twists

    Sunday Times
  • A novelist of truly international stature

    The Times
  • A complex and powerful exploration of the lives of a victim, killer and their families and friends... Villain is a moving and disturbing novel about loneliness, lies and the gap between expectation and reality. Highly recommended


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