Crossfire

Crossfire A harrowing tale of murder and retribution Young pretty Junko Aoki has an extraordinary ability she can start fires through sheer force of will When she begins using her gift of pyrokinesis to take t

  • Title: Crossfire
  • Author: Miyuki Miyabe Deborah Stuhr Iwabuchi Anna Husson Isozaki 宮部 みゆき
  • ISBN: 9784770029935
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A harrowing tale of murder and retribution.Young, pretty Junko Aoki has an extraordinary ability she can start fires through sheer force of will When she begins using her gift of pyrokinesis to take the law into her own hands and punish violent criminals, her executions attract the attention of two very different groups the Guardians, a secretive vigilante organization tA harrowing tale of murder and retribution.Young, pretty Junko Aoki has an extraordinary ability she can start fires through sheer force of will When she begins using her gift of pyrokinesis to take the law into her own hands and punish violent criminals, her executions attract the attention of two very different groups the Guardians, a secretive vigilante organization that tries to recruit her, and the arson squad of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Soon the police are on Junko s trail, most notably Detective Chikako Ishizu, a rationalist who must come to terms with the existence of paranormal forces As Junko s crusade against evil escalates and she finds it harder to control her power, we are taken on a breathtaking and brutal journey through the urban landscape of Tokyo on a journey that challenges us, along with Chikako, to think about what s right and what s wrong in the name of justice.Atmospheric, suspenseful, provocative, and even romantic, Crossfire is a tour de force sure to secure Miyuki Miyabe s place in the pantheon of today s top mystery writers.

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    1. Although "Crossfire" is about pyrokinesis, it also touches on aimless youth, the criminal justice system, class distinctions, and obstacles women face in traditionally male-dominated fields. Chikako and Junko are both sympathetic in their own ways - Junko seems cold in the beginning, but the more chances she has to open up to people, the more compassion she starts to feel, and the more she questions her own actions. Meanwhile, Chikako is methodical and content with her quiet life, but unable to [...]

    2. Very readable story of vigilante justice set in Tokyo with a touch of the paranormal. This started off a bit slowly and it took me awhile to really get engaged with the story but by the end I was burning through the pages and thought Miyuki Miyabe did a great job pulling all the plot strands together into a satisfying ending.

    3. I picked up this book at random for a light yet entertaining read. Unfortunately for an action / thriller I didn't feel like it was very exciting or entertaining, so not worth picking up. I also had a few other problems with this book…*SPOILERS BELOW*Besides feeling like this novel wasn't really entertaining, my main problem is with one of the central mysteries / twists in the novel. First of all it wasn't much of a surprise that the ex-cop working for the vigilante group (sorry already forgot [...]

    4. Excellent thriller/science fiction novel by Miyuki Miyabe. Junko Aoki has the gift of pyrokinesis - the power to start fires. Think Firestarter and you'll get the idea. Junko has had this ability since childhood, but has managed to keep it a secret. However, things are about to change. Periodically, Junko has to "release" her power, which builds up over time. She also becomes a vigilante, using her horrifying powers to against criminals. In the process, though, Junko becomes a criminal herself, [...]

    5. Magnífico. La idea es original y los personajes son creíbles y carismáticos. Al unir los poderes psíquicos con una novela policíaca tenía mis dudas (aunque es una autora que me gusta mucho), pero en ningún momento me resultó poco creible. Hay un par de episodios que ni están a la altura (parece relleno) y el final (aunque bueno y muy bien llevado) es un poco precipitado. De los tres de la tetralogia de Tokio que he leído es el que más me ha gustado.

    6. A fun take on King's Firestarter idea (mentioned in book) that's a fast-paced adventure with multiple bizarre twists.

    7. This book was all right. I liked how they showed both sides of the story and both point of views. It was a nice even exchange between chapters and it went smooth for the most part. I have to admit though, although the beginning of the book really got me it just started to fall short and falls flat midway and I found myself wondering what's going to happen next and how soon because to be honest, I was starting to get a little bored of the book. Not to mention besides the main characters, there we [...]

    8. Crossfire is a Japanese novel that I read because it is on the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list. I was a bit skeptical about why it would be on the list, since it looked like just a run-of-the-mill mystery novel. Usually the mysteries that make it onto the list, though, are there because they provide a certain kind of insight into a culture or a time period, so I had that in mind while I read.Junko is our main character, and we find out early on that she has a supernatural power: pyr [...]

    9. Before reading Crossfire, I had a dim view on mysteries. I was forced to read them as a children and that made em dislike the genre. Now that I'm in my mid thirties, this is a rather silly reason to not to read mysteries. Personally I think a sign of a great book is one that manages to change people’s ideas about a certain genre and thankfully Crossfire does this. Not only do have I changed my view on mystery books (In fact one of the best books I read in this challenge was a whodunnit – In [...]

    10. After watching the movie version of the book I have decided that The characterization of Aoki Junko in the book was much better than the one in the movie. In the movie she seemed to be totally different from the character in the book which is a shame because in the movie many of the unique traits of her personality were lost. Never mind the fact that I thought the movie was terrible and that the portrayal of Junko was poor. I can say that I can sympathize with Junko (in the book) in many ways th [...]

    11. Ever since she was a child, Junko knew she had the power to start fires at will. Now as an adult, she has to take the utmost precaution not to accidentally incinerate her surroundings. But by chance, she happens upon a violent kidnapping, and Junko unleashes a trail of burned bodies in the wake of her mission: save a victim, and cleanse the world of evil. Her actions spark the interest of a secret vigilante group, and the Metropolitan Police, who are puzzled over the murders, but as detective Is [...]

    12. This book was on the 1001 books list (yeah, I know, it's pathetic what a list whore I am). I'm not really sure why; it's basically Firestarter set in Tokyo.Genre fiction really ain't my thing, primarily because it tends towards lines like, "She mused to herself" and lots of "with an [amused/aggravated/offended/etc. tone in her voice." This is no different, and though I wanted to blame the translation, after a while I couldn't. This should be a 2.5 rating, but you can't do that, and 2 stars doesn [...]

    13. I quite enjoyed this, not just for the story but for the strength of the characters' depictions. There was a nice variety of interesting and intriguing characters who weren't all necessarily likable. I also really enjoyed the diversity of female characters in Crossfire, as well as the respectful treatment of them as a whole. They were depicted in a variety of different ways and coming from a variety of walks of life, while still managing to have common ground and make strong, human connections w [...]

    14. I visited JF-Library (Japan Foundation) about 2 weeks ago and I finally found the corner where they put all mystery, horror and suspense books. I was overwhelmed by this discovery. From the title and the summary on the cover…they all sound like great books. I couldn’t decide which one I am going to borrow.Out of impulse I chose Crossfire by Miyuki Miyabe. I honestly chose this book because it reminds me of Stephen king’s Firestarter (tho I haven’t read it but I know the outline of the st [...]

    15. An okay read. I liked her novel Shadow Family but didn't like another of hers called All She Was Worth. I've had this book on my shelf for awhile and turned to it in hopes of inspiring my own writing. Japanese fiction really put a spark under me for what I wanted to write, especially Natsuo Kirino and Kenzo Kitakata. So, I picked Crossfire up and read it.It's a little sci-fi, a little mystery and a little police procedural. The plot was a little too neatly wrapped up, with characters convenientl [...]

    16. Miyabe borrows a page from Stephen King’s “Firestarter,” with the main characters being able to start fires at will. This is the only similarity. Miyabe covers not only the paranormal, but turns into a light mystery as well. Junko Aoki, a young woman, is capable of unleashing fire-based assaults by concentrating. In her personal war, she is on a crusade to avenge serious crimes that are becoming more prevalent in modern Japan. Chikako Ishizu is a middle-aged female detective working in ars [...]

    17. I picked this book from the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die List and was very pleasantly surprised. I hope to read more books by this author. Junko Aoki is a young woman who was born with an unusual ability--she can start fires simply by projecting energy. Luckily, her parents were very understanding and taught her various methods of controlling herself so that she could discharge the built up energy without harming anyone. As she ages though, she is incensed by crimes committed by a gan [...]

    18. At first glance, the paranormal thriller Crossfire doesn’t seem like the type of book to make the list of 1001 books you must read before you die. Junko Aoki is a loner who can start fires with willpower alone; she sees herself as a vigilante “hired gun.” When she stumbles across the commission of a crime, she uses her powers to try to save a young kidnapped woman. Chikako Ishizu is a middle-aged detective on the arson squad trying to make sense of seemingly impossible deaths caused by fir [...]

    19. Maybe more like 3.5 stars. Junko Aoki is a lonely young woman who uses her pyrokinetic abilities to avenge the victims of violent crime. A chance encounter with a gang of teenage psychopaths leads her on a personal crusade that brings her to the attention of the police and a secret vigilante organization called the Guardians.Despite the cliched premise, this novel maintains interest, even though it felt a bit too long. Author Miyuki Miyabe presents interesting characters and some effective surpr [...]

    20. Maybe more like 3.5 stars. Junko Aoki is a lonely young woman who uses her pyrokinetic abilities to avenge the victims of violent crime. A chance encounter with a gang of teenage psychopaths leads her on a personal crusade that brings her to the attention of the police and a secret vigilante organization called the Guardians.Despite the cliched premise, this novel maintains interest, even though it felt a bit too long. Author Miyuki Miyabe presents interesting characters and some effective surpr [...]

    21. Great book. I've been reaching out to different genres but mystery who-done-it's are my go to. This did not disappoint in that department! The build up to finding out who did it was excellent. In the end, even though the main character died, it wasn't sadness or pity I felt. I felt relief that she was being released from her hellish life. She was so resigned and reserved to her fate. She was a fire cracker ready to explode and the secret society wouldn't have given her any kind of rest after roo [...]

    22. La quatrième de couverture ne me disait vraiment rien, mais ce que j'ai déjà lu de Miyuki Miyabe m'ayant intéressé, j'ai lu ce livre. Le cocktail est assez étrange entre une enquête policière très classique, une société secrète et des pouvoirs surnaturels. J'ai ressenti un léger surdosage des superpouvoirs (c'est difficile de lesw contrôler, n'est-ce pas ?), mais sans que cela ne nuise à l'ambiance générale. Bref, pas mal mais j'ai préfèré le réalisme d'Une carte pour l'enfe [...]

    23. Una novela que combina poderes sobrenaturales con el realismo y el misterio de una manera genial. Además, la novela cuenta con una buenos personajes que evolucionan un poco a cada página y te ofrece la posibilidad de conocer más de cerca otra cultura. La trama flojea mucho, no tiene demasiado ritmo y en ocasiones se hace algo lenta, pero en general es entretenida, sin conseguir atraparte.Reseña completa: paseandoentrepaginas.

    24. This is another fantastic suspenseful novel by Miyabe involving the paranormal and vigilante justice. It has interesting, likeable characters and a plot that builds with perfect timing. It is suspenseful, and yet still thoughtful. This is a book that shows a lot about Japanese culture and social problems, and that raises a lot of questions about crime and punishment. This author is very popular in Japan and I think should be a lot more popular in America.

    25. Could be described as "Firestarter" meets a Japanese police procedural with a sophisticated vigilante group thrown in. It all works, sort of and I like that Miyabe takes those chances. The female arson detective grounds the story, but a few of the characters aren't just darkly shaded, which is ok, but annoying and glib. All She Was Worth for me was a stronger work.

    26. Un très bon roman qui se laisse lire.Le style de l'auteur est irréprochable.L'histoire accroche l'attention, car l'auteur fait côtoyer (de manière habile) deux genres littéraires: polar et fantastique. En prime, l'auteur nous offre une analyse sociologique des plus intéressante sur Tokyo et ses habitants.A lire: la postface!!

    27. I enjoyed the story more than the writing, or maybe the translation. While I don't read a huge number of translations this is the first one that I was conscious of the translation. There are many places where the dialog or wording seemed contrived to me and I would wonder if it was that way in the native Japanese or a result of the translation.

    28. A Japanese novel about a young woman named Junko who uses her pyrokinetic abilities to take revenge upon criminals, and a female detective named Chikako who investigates the case as the charred remains pile up. Not the most eloquent of writing (possibly something lost in translation?), but nevertheless I found the story quite compelling.

    29. I liked the ideas in thos book, about a young woman living in Tokyo who is a fire-starter and the middle-aged female arson investigator who tries to catch her after she starts killing people. The problem with the book is the way it is written, to me at least, with everything being presented to you as if the author didn't trust that her readers are able to figure out things for themselves.

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