The Master Key
Author: Masako Togawa, Simon Grove
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: August 05, 1986
Fans of P.D. James, Robert Barnard and other literate writers in the genre will welcome US publication of this prize-winning author's first work.
In postwar Tokyo, the K Apartment House for ladies is about to be moved intact in a highly publicized engineering feat. Then, flashback seven years to one of its occupants and her confederate--a man dressed in woman's clothes--as they bury a child's body in an unused communal bath beneath the building. A second flashback tells of the kidnapping of four-year-old George Kraft, son of an American army officer and his Japanese wife. The stage is set. The actors are a few of the present-day occupants of the K apartments--single, lovely, obsessed, neurotic--each life a novel in itself, told in a spare, unembellished style that never lapses into the sentimental. Manipulated by hidden strings, their actions and reactions lead to suicide, murder, and some final surprising revelations.
This is a fresh, original novel, superbly crafted and riveting from start to finish.