In The Spotlight: Kazuhiro Kiuchi’s Shield of Straw

Margot Kinberg reviews the Japanese thriller, SHIELD OF STRAW

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SpotlightHello, All,

Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. When most people think of thrillers, they think of the fast pace, the action, and, perhaps, the rise and fall of tension as the protagonist gets in and out of dangerous situations. But thrillers can also include layers of moral ambiguity, and character development. Let’s take a look at such a thriller today, and turn the spotlight on Kazuhiro Kiuchi’s Shield of Straw.

Takaoki Ninagawa, one of Japan’s wealthiest and most successful people, faces a devastating heartbreak when his granddaughter Chia goes missing. At first, he thinks she’s been kidnapped for ransom, which would make sense, given his wealth. But then her body is discovered. She’s been raped and brutally murdered, and what’s more, Ninagawa knows by whom. The killer is thirty-four-year-old Kunihide Kiyomaru, whose DNA was found on the victim.

At this news, Ninagawa takes an unusual step…

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