Recently-widowed Goro hires au-pair Masayo to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Momoko, whose best friend is her cat, Lala. Masayo falls in love with Goro, but one fateful night he meets the gorgeous Chinatsu, who soon becomes his girlfriend. As Chinatsu tries to win over her potential stepdaughter's affections she realises she has to compete with Lala the cat - and she hates cats. Meanwhile, Momoko can only watch with jealousy, until the tension climaxes with a shocking act of femme fatale vengeance. A blend of traditional romance and suspense.
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(191mm x 137mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Vertical Inc.
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Author Biography - Mariko Koike
Mariko Koike was born in 1952 in Tokyo. After graduating from Seikei University, she published Friends of the Wife in 1989 and won the Japan Detective Fiction Writers Award for Best Short Story Collection. In 1995, she won the Naoki Prize for Love, and in 1998, she won a Romance Fiction Award for Desire. Koike is the only writer in Japan to be lauded by both the romance and detective fiction communities for her hybrid works.