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Lieutenant Reiko Himekawa heads a team of homicide investigators at Tokyo Metropolitan Police headquarters. They are dispatched to the city’s gritty Ota Ward, where a human hand had been found without a body. From fingerprints, its owner is soon identified as Kenichi Takaoka, operator of a small construction company.

Working in pairs, detectives canvas the neighborhood, including the makeshift shacks of homeless men who reside along the Tama River. Questioning the victim’s co-workers at his former company, the story touches on the cozy ties between the construction industry and organized crime, but tattooed bad guys do not dominate the narrative.

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