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The seventh Fuminori Nakamura novel to be translated into English is the one fans have been waiting for. “Cult X” is the story of Toru Narazaki, whose infatuation with the disappearance of his girlfriend, Ryoko Tachibana, leads him deep into the swampy waters of religious cults and apocalyptic terrorism.

It seems that at some point all of Japan’s great contemporary authors are drawn to the subject of cults, often with mixed results. The complex and contentious issue has become a rite of passage, a ring in which writers can prove themselves heavyweights.

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