City of Refuge

A killer on the run.

City of Refuge

by Kenzo Kitakata

Paperback, approx. 240 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 inches
978-1-934287-12-5 Buy.
U.S.$14.95 / CAN$18.95

“Praise for Kenzo Kitakata”

"Best enjoyed in a dimly lit, smoky room with a glass of whisky on the rocks close at the hand." -The Daily Yomiuri

"Absolutely compelling." -The Japan Times

He killed them. No regrets, no excuses. Now, all he needs to do is run. If that means having to kidnap a boy, then together they'll find a city of refuge.

The fourth and latest novel by the Japanese don of hardboiled to be translated into English, City of Refuge was also Kitakata's first foray into the crime genre after a decade of penning literary fiction. Pick up this gem to find out why North American reviewers have been comparing him to Mickey Spillane, James M. Cain, Takeshi Kitano, and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Kenzo Kitakata is the recipient of many honors including the Japan Mystery Writers Association Award for The Cage (also available from Vertical) and the 2009 Japan Prize for Mystery Literature. His U.S. debut, Ashes, was a Book Sense 76 selection as well as Las Vegas Mercury Best Ten of the Year and Village Voice Beach Read picks. Kitakata's works have been translated into multiple other languages including Italian and Russian.