Businessman, Kawashima Masayuki, has mother issues and resists the impulse to stab his new-born daughter with an ice pick “he lifted the ice pick from his pocket. He closed his right hand around the handle and gently drew back the baby’s blanket with his left…” He decides not to murder his baby. Instead, he looks for a prostitute to kill. However, when he chooses Sanada Chiaki, he doesn’t know that she can out freak him in the deranged stakes. Murakami stuns the reader right from the start, and the horror escalates at a rapid pace and is so extreme it is humourous. Definitely a close look at how depraved human experience can be.