Following up his CWA International Dagger nominee Six Four, Hideo Yokoyama returns with these four Japanese police procedural novellas. In Season of Shadows, Futawatari receives a memo from Personnel instructing him to investigate the behavior of a legendary detective; Cry of the Earth tells of an Internal Affairs officer who gets an anonymous tip that a station chief is visiting the red-light district. Briefcase follows a wronged politician as he prepares his revenge, while in Black Lines, the section chief of the force's female officers learns that her star pupil seems to be missing.
"[Yokoyama] somehow manages to pack each approximately 80-page story with the same amount of intensity as his epic-scale fiction."—Booklist