Bullet Train

Bullet Train

The internationally bestselling thriller, soon to be a major motion picture

Summary

Five killers. One train journey. But who will survive? The original and propulsive thriller from a massive Japanese bestseller.

* SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE *

Satoshi looks like an innocent schoolboy but he is really a viciously cunning psychopath. Kimura's young son is in a coma thanks to him, and Kimura has tracked him onto the bullet train heading from Tokyo to Morioka to exact his revenge. But Kimura soon discovers that they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard.

Nanao, the self-proclaimed 'unluckiest assassin in the world', and the deadly partnership of Tangerine and Lemon are also travelling to Morioka. A suitcase full of money leads others to show their hands. Why are they all on the same train, and who will get off alive at the last station?

'A locked-room crime drama played out at 200mph' The Times

'A high-octane thriller... Thoroughly enjoyable' Guardian

Readers can't stop reading Bullet Train!

'Original, quirky and highly entertaining'

'A dark-humoured, twisty thriller that's a lot of fun'

'One of the most addictive thrillers I've ever read... smart and cinematic'

'What an original novel! Exciting from beginning to end'

'A whole lot of darkly comic fun'

'A thrilling ride'

Bullet Train was originally published in Japan with the title Maria Beetle.

Reviews

  • An entertaining thriller... Kill Bill on wheels or a locked-room crime drama played out at 200mph
    The Times

About the author

Kotaro Isaka

Kotaro Isaka is a bestselling and multi-award-winning writer who is published around the world. He has won the Shincho Mystery Club Award, Mystery Writers of Japan Award, Japan Booksellers' Award and the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize and twelve of his books have been adapted for film or TV. He is the author of the international bestseller Bullet Train, which was made into a major film starring Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock in 2022.
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