(pb; 1997, 2003. Translated from Japanese to English by Ralph McCarthy.)
From the back cover
"It is just before New Year's. Frank, an overweight American tourist, has hired Kenji to take him on a guided tour of Tokyo's sleazy nightlife on three successive evenings. But Frank's behavior is so strange that Kenji begins to entertain a horrible suspicion: that his new client is in fact the serial killer currently terrorizing the city. It isn't until later, however, that Kenji learns exactly how much he has to fear and how irrevocably his encounter with this great white whale of an American will change his life."
Miso is an unsettling, excellent and off-beat
take on the serial killer theme, with an oddball villain (of sorts),
personal and provocative notions of politics and culture, darkly engaging and repulsive points of
views, with occasional displays of Grand Guignol splatter. This book is one of my
all-time favorite serial killer reads, unafraid to break established horror