The Mantis: A Novel (The Assassins Series) (Hardcover)

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The Mantis: A Novel (The Assassins Series) (Hardcover)

By Kotaro Isaka, Sam Malissa (Translated by)


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The author’s third foray into his own weird world of hired killers, this one features Kabuto, who fears nothing except his wife’s unhappiness.

Mark, Books Inc. Chestnut 

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From the award-winning, internationally bestselling author of Bullet Train and Three Assassins, The Mantis is a propulsive thriller set in Tokyo’s criminal underworld about the intrigue and tensions a family man faces as he tries to hide his secret life as a hitman.
Kabuto is a highly skilled assassin eager to escape his dangerous profession and the hold his handler, the sinister Doctor, has over him. The Doctor, a real physician who hands over Kabuto’s targets as “prescriptions” in his regular appointments with him, doesn’t want to lose Kabuto as a profitable asset, but he agrees to let him pay his way out of his employment with a few last jobs. But the most lucrative jobs involve taking out other professional assassins, and Kabuto’s final assignment puts him and his family—who have no idea about his double life—in danger.
The third book in a loose trilogy set in Kotaro Isaka’s imagined Tokyo criminal underworld, The Mantis features all the hallmarks of his work that readers have come to crave—assassins with quirky codenames and modi operandi, page-turning action sequences, madcap energy, and razor-sharp humor—making the novel a frenetic, unputdownable read that hurtles readers toward a thrilling climax.
Kotaro Isaka is a bestselling and multi-award-winning writer whose books have sold millions of copies around the world. He has won the Shincho Mystery Club Award, Mystery Writers of Japan Award, Japan Booksellers’ Award, and the Yamamoto Shugoro Prize. His books include Three Assassins, The Mantis, and Remote Control.
“The story is a fascinating one, filled with moments of excitement and flashes of humor . . .”
— New York Journal of Books

“[A] superb and intricately plotted thriller …Though Kabuto does commit violence, it isn't graphic and the novel is quite humorous. … it leads to a satisfying and moving end.”
— Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“A deep meditation on hope and regret and the pain of being seen. I loved it.”
— Criminal Element