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|7 January 2008|
|Media type||Print Paperback|
|Preceded by||The World in Five Minutes From Now 1995|
|Followed by||Kyoko 1995|
Piercing is set in Tokyo and follows Kawashima Masayuki trying to come to terms with his overwhelming desire to stab his infant child with an ice pick. He resolves to divert the impulse into an unsuspecting prostitute. However, as he begins to execute his meticulous crime everything, including his past, begins to unravel.
"...a haunting Japanese version of a David Lynch nightmare" - Chris Petit, Guardian Book Review.
"Far from being a cheap gorefest, ‘Piercing’ handles its violence with controlled aplomb, making it seem a natural by-product of Tokyo’s economic dominance. The result is a brief and convincing narrative of a crime and its motivations. With simple language and vividly evoked images, the novel looks at a single moment of horror from every angle." - Ed King, Time Out Book Review.
- Petit, Chris (2007-01-20). "Psycho Killer". Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
- King, Ed (2007-01-22). "Book Review". Time Out. Retrieved 2009-02-11.[dead link]