THE PRICE OF FANATICISM

NOW THAT EXTREMISTS ARE WILLING TO USE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, THEY HAVE CROSSED A THRESHOLD THAT EXPERTS HAVE WATCHED WITH DREAD FOR TWO DECADES

The image is at once ordinary and sinister. Amid the bustle of Kasumigaseki subway station, in downtown Tokyo, three attacha cases stand unattended by the ticket barrier. Suddenly, gas begins hissing ominously out of one of them. When police eventually examine the cases, they discover that each holds containers of clear liquid, a powerful battery-operated vaporizer and a fan to blow the resulting vapor through vents. The cases are rigged to operate as automatic dispensers. But dispensers of what?

They represent the ultimate urban horror. Anonymous, malevolent packages planted by any of the thousands of subway riders and set to kill...

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