Number of pages: 192 pages
American tourist Frank hires nightlife guide Kenji for three nights. But his behaviour is so odd that Kenji begins to suspect that his client is the serial killer terrorizing Tokyo. It isn’t until the second night that Kenji learns exactly how much he has to fear from this enormous American.
Welcome to the dark side of Tokyo.
‘In The Miso Soup’ begins with an introduction by Kenji, the main character and narrator of the story, he explains the various meanings of his name before beginning his tale of Frank, the American tourist who Kenji takes on as a client, taking him to the various night spots of Toyko.
As the story progresses, you find out there has been various gruesome murders committed, slowly Kenji begins to suspect that Frank may be the serial killer and finds himself dragged into Frank dark side, along with the nightlife of Tokyo, Kenji begins to feel lost in a place he has always known.
‘In the Miso Soup’ is an amazingly insightful book, written in a Film noir style, you are unable to put the book down until you find out what happens to Kenji and Frank. The book also explores the youth culture within Tokyo’s nightlife, how they are seen by society and how wrong society is about them.
An interesting read, you get to see a different side of Toyko, whilst at the same time, witness Kenji’s terror and sympathy towards Frank.
The only downside was the story ends abruptly but it is still an excellent read. I plan to read more literature by Ryu Murakami.