Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as "the Narito Disappearances," the crime has authorities baffled--until a confession appears on the police's doorstep, signed by one Oda Sotatsu, a thread salesman.
Sotatsu is arrested, jailed, and interrogated, but he refuses to speak. Even as his family comes to visit, even as his execution looms, and even as a young woman named Jito Joo enters his cell, he maintains his vow of silence. And as a journalist's obsession uncovers more to the story, Jesse Ball spins a wildly inventive and emotionally powerful take of unjust conviction and lost love.
About the Author
<b>Jesse Ball</b> (1978-) was born in Long Island, the second child of Robert and Catherine Ball. Educated at Vassar College and Columbia University, he has lived at times in Europe, and has worked as an editor, a croupier, a tutor, and a photographer. His first volume, <i>March Book, </i> appeared in 2004, followed by <i>Vera & Linus</i> (2006). His drawings were published in 2006 in Iceland in the volume <i>Og svo kom nottin</i>. Work of his has appeared in many major domestic and international journals, and was included in <i>Best American Poetry 2006</i>. <i>Jesse Ball was a Spy but has Retired to the Country</i>, a website, showcases much work of writing and drawing.