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Celebrated crime writer Seicho Matsumoto penned hundreds of works in his lifetime but so far only a handful have made it into English, which means the publication of a new novel should be cause for celebration.

“A Quiet Place” centers on Asai, a civil servant who is good at his job and well-versed in the ways political Japan interacts with corporate Japan. In fact, he is so immersed in his career that when he receives a phone call telling him his wife has died from a heart attack, his first thought is: What kind of impression will this “embarrassment” have on the Minister?

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