The Pequod Review:
In Black and White is the story of Mizumo, a short story crime writer who often imagines real life people as he writes about fictional characters. However, in his latest story ("To the Point of Murder"), Mizumo has mistakenly used the real name of the person he imagines (Cojima), and submits his manuscript for publication in a magazine. This has him concerned that if Cojima was murdered, he would be an obvious suspect. The entire premise is nonsensical — who would murder Cojima for no reason, just so that Mizumo would be implicated? — but the story has some intriguing meta-commentary about how a writer approaches his craft.