Out of Balance by Chet Williamson from Hanzai Japan

hanzai japan reviewed by Chris Irvin

Chet Williamson’s “Out of Balance” is a masterful take on a withdrawn psychopath. Takeda is a typically family man until his 35th birthday when he up and leaves his family, taking on a life of contract killing. The voice Williamson brings to this tale is perfect, reminiscent of Tom McCarthy’s Remainder, but very Japanese. I spent some time in Japan ten years ago and Williamson put me right back on the streets. I won’t spoil any more of the plot as doing so would steal from the story’s impact, but come for the voice and stay for the author’s ability to make even the most detached feel. I’d jump to read a novel starring Takeda in a second. Highly recommended.

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