The Name Of The Game Is A Kidnapping

Keigo Higashino


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Vertical Inc.
10 October 2023
ISBN: 9781647293215
240 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Jan Mitsuko Cash

A battle-tested project leader at PR firm Cyberplan and a slippery bachelor, Sakuma sees himself as a player. His smug self-regard doesn’t seem entirely unfounded, both in love and at work. When his idea for a mini-theme park is dismissed as too costly and vacuous at the last minute by major client Nissei Auto, however, he seems to have met his match; Katsuragi, an heir and executive at the global carmaker, is back from a marketing stint in the U.S. with an authentic conviction that everything is a game. Once the man’s daughter by a former mistress teams up with Sakuma so she can come into her inheritance in an expeditious manner—Juri is indeed her father’s flesh and blood—we are good to go. The name of the game is a kidnapping!

Initially consumed as one of the master mystery hand’s more flippant jaunts, this tight novel has proven to be a durable and encapsulating vignette of our times and an on-point public service announcement about the wages of cynicism.