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Jesse Ball

Silence Once Begun

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From the remarkable, singularly and voraciously gifted novelist, poet, and artist («A young genius who hits all of the right notes» --Chicago Tribune), his first major hardcover publication: an astonishing novel of unjust conviction, lost love, and a journalist's obsession.

Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as “the Narito Disappearances,” the crime has authorities baffled--until a confession appears on the police's doorstep, signed by Oda Sotatsu, a thread salesman. Sotatsu is arrested, jailed, and interrogated--but Sotatsu refuses to speak. Even as his parents, brother, and sister come to visit him, even as his execution looms, and even as a young woman named Jito Joo enters his cell, he maintains his vow of silence. Our narrator, Jesse Ball, is a journalist, grappling with mysteries of his own when he becomes fascinated by the case. Why did…
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    All true convictions should proceed from a scientific investigation the results of which can be replicated (and which should be shown to be replicable). A particular person should not necessarily have any involvement whatsoever in the investigation into or trial of their offense. The world itself should provide all details and all evidence. If such evidence is lacking, then a crime cannot be proven without a doubt, and a person ought not to be convicted or punished.
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    knowledge about ourselves is our least reliable knowledge.
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    When a man has committed a crime, it should be prosecuted in a fair society only if the evidence of that crime may be seen. No imaginary documents, that is to say, documents that are the province solely of the human mind unconnected with the world, should be used toward a prosecution or conviction.
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