Evil and the Mask

  • Translated by Satoko Izumo and Stephen Coates
  • Runtime: 9.2 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 6.11.2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
  • 9.18 hrs6/11/2013Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4829-8584-9
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The second book by prize-winning Japanese novelist Fuminori Nakamura to be available in English translation, a follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed The Thief—another fantastically creepy, electric literary thriller that explores the limits of human depravity—and the powerful human instinct to resist evil. 

When Fumihiro Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly, enigmatic father calls him into his study for a meeting. “I created you to be a cancer on the world,” his father tells him. It is a tradition in their wealthy family: a patriarch, when reaching the end of his life, will beget one last child to dedicate to causing misery in a world that cannot be controlled or saved. From this point on, Fumihiro will be specially educated to learn to create as much destruction and unhappiness in the world around him as a single person can. Between his education in hedonism and his family’s resources, Fumihiro’s life is one without repercussions. Every door is open to him, for he need obey no laws and may live out any fantasy he might have, no matter how many people are hurt in the process. But as his education progresses, Fumihiro begins to question his father’s mandate, and starts to resist.

Editorial Reviews

“Cryptic detectives, smoky nightclubs, and murky streets in Japanese suburbs add to the noir sensibility. At times bizarre, at times hallucinatory, the story is always provocative.”

Publishers Weekly

“Kirby Heyborne’s powerful performance conveys the sense of foreboding and spine-tingling electricity in award-winning Japanese novelist Nakamura’s second novel. When he is eleven years old, Fumihiro Kuki’s father tells him he created him to be ‘a cancer on the world.’…As the boy plots and executes the perfect crime, Heyborne’s pacing is spot-on, and his tone is just creepy enough to keep listeners riveted. Heyborne delivers each moment of the complex story with conviction, drawing listeners into Fumihiro’s lifelong attempts to free himself from his father's curse.”


“This literary thriller steeps the reader in humanity’s dark nature and the struggle of those who try to resist their own moral corruption. Fans of such Japanese writers as Miyuki Miyabe (Shadow Family), Natsuo Kirino (Out; Grotesque), and Keigo Higashino (The Devotion of Suspect X) will enjoy reading Nakamura.”

Library Journal

Author Biography

Fuminori Nakamura graduated from Fukushima University in 2000. In 2002 he won the prestigious Noma Literary Prize for new writers for his first novel, A Gun, and in 2005 he won the Akutagawa Prize for The Boy in the Earth. The Thief, winner of the 2010 Kenzaburō Ōe Prize, Japan’s most important literary award, was his first novel to be published in English.

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Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered numerous Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.

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