Pathologist Ando is at a low point in his life following his small son's death from drowning and the subsiquent break-up of his marriage. Work is his only escape, and his depressing world of lonliness and regret is shaken up when an old rival from school, Ryuji Takayama, turns up on his slab ready to be dissected.
Bizzare things happen during the post mortem that link Ryuji's demise to a series of mysterious deaths. From beyond the grave Ryuji appears to be leading Ando towards a suspicious videotape - could this hold the answer to the riddle of the strange deaths? or is it merely the first clue? When Ando meets Mai, an attractive former student of Ryuji's, his desire to solve the puzzle transcends curiosity and becomes a matter of life or death.
SPIRAL is the stunning sequel to the highliy acclaimed RING, and can also be read as a standalone.