The suicide of a young couple on a secluded and historically famous Japanese beach uncovers a nation-wide crime network
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The two bodies lay on the beach in the cold, salty wind. Now that he was accompanied by the policeman, the workman was able to look at them more calmly. He noticed the woman first. She lay with her face looking up at the sky. Her eyes were closed but her mouth, partly open, revealed her white teeth. Her face was slightly flushed. Underneath a gray coat she wore a brick-colored kimono; the white collar was slightly open at the neck. The folds of the kimono were neatly arranged and she lay in a very orderly manner. The skirt ends of the kimono, fluttering in the wind, exposed the yellow lining. There were clean white socks on her feet, which lay primly aligned. Her clothes were not soiled. Nearby lay her sandals, also neatly arranged. The workman looked over at the man. His head was turned sideways. His face also appeared flushed, almost the face of a living person. He looked as if he had been drinking and had fallen asleep. The cuffs of his brown trousers showed from under a dark blue overcoat and his feet, in a pair of black shoes, were carelessly extended. The shoes were brightly polished; the socks were blue, with red stripes. The bodies lay quite close together.
Small crabs were scurrying in and out of cracks in the rocks. One little crab was trying to crawl into a bottle of orange juice that lay near the man's body.
"Love suicide," said the old policeman, looking down at the bodies. "Poor souls; still young, too."Language Notes:
Text: English, Japanese (translation)
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Book Description Kodansha America, Inc, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0870111264
Book Description Kodansha America, Inc, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110870111264