The narrator, a private investigator. A heavy smoker and drinker, and an observant and cynical man as befits his profession, this nameless character combines an obsessive attention to detail with a curious passivity. He worries about justifying his expense reports yet does little to prevent two deaths. Separated from his own wife, he is increasingly fascinated by his client, Nemuro Haru; he refers continually to the lemon-yellow curtains in her home. He is also an imaginative man, proud of the investigative technique he has thought up, that of mentally re-creating a subject. Eventually, he loses his own identity and seems to become the man whom he is seeking.
Nemuro Haru, the wife of the missing man. Short, slender, and with a husky voice and a freckled face, she drinks beer often and seems to live in an alcoholic daze, often talking to herself. She initiates the search for her husband.
Nemuro Hiroshi’s brother
Nemuro Hiroshi’s brother, also nameless. He is a mysterious character who appears to be involved in homosexual prostitution, blackmail, protection rackets, and other shady projects. He carries a blue and silver badge, apparently a gang insignia. He is insistent about the search for his brother and trails the private detective around until he himself is killed. The detective questions the true relationship of this character to the wife throughout the...
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