Three Assassins by Kotaro Isaka

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Three Assassins
Kotaro Isaka
General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers
Random House UK
14 Apr 2022


Suzuki is just an ordinary man until his wife is murdered. When he discovers the criminal gang responsible he leaves behind his life as a maths teacher and joins them, looking for a chance to take his revenge. What he doesn't realize is that he's about to get drawn into a web of unusual professional assassins, each with their own agenda.

THE WHALE convinces his victims to take their own lives using just his words. THE CICADA is a talkative and deadly knife expert. THE PUSHER dispatches his targets in deadly traffic 'accidents'.

Suzuki must take each of them on, to try to find justice and keep his innocence in a world of killers.

I recently finished reading ‘Three Assassins’ by Kotaro Isaka and I have to say, it was a thrilling ride from start to finish. The story follows three assassins as they are thrown together on a job that quickly spirals out of control.

One of the things that stood out to me about this book was the unique and complex characters. Each of the three assassins had their own motivations and backstories, making them more than just one-dimensional killers. Isaka does an excellent job of delving into their pasts and showing how they became who they are.

The plot was fast-paced and full of unexpected twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Isaka would throw in a new curveball that kept me on the edge of my seat. The action scenes were well-written and had me holding my breath, eager to see what would happen next.

I also appreciated the cultural elements woven into the story. As someone not familiar with Japanese culture, I found it fascinating to learn about the traditions and customs of the country, especially in regards to the world of assassins.

One thing that I would have liked to see more of was the relationship between the three assassins. While they all had their individual stories and conflicts, I felt that their bond could have been explored more deeply. However, this did not take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, ‘Three Assassins’ by Kotaro Isaka is a gripping and action-packed read that will keep you hooked until the very end. With complex characters, a fast-paced plot, and a unique setting, it is a must-read for fans of thrillers and crime fiction. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait to read more from this talented author.


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