Sonja Besford (born in Belgrade as Sonja Batinić) is Serbian poet, short story writer and novelist who lives and works in Great Britain. She is the President of the Association of Serbian Writers & Artists Abroad. Writing both in English and in Serbian, she has published several poetry collections ( Mazno kao šamar/Gentle Like a Slap, Nespojivi prelom/Unmendable Break;Dolasci i odlasci/Comings and Goings; Sećanja na leta u Bristu kod Gradca/Summer in the Brist and Other Poems ); a collection of short stories ( Kako uloviti Talasona/How to Catch Talason , 1992); and two novels ( Lovci vremena/ Time Catchers; Svedok/The Witness ). Her new novel, Set Away , is published for the first time in the Serbian Prose in Translation edition. Sonja Besford also writes theatre and radio plays; her critical reviews have been published in the magazines and newspapers in the United States and Great Britain.
The Dowager researches Sakigake and finds that there is widespread evidence of abuse. In addition to Tsubasa, other prepubescent girls had been sexually abused there. The Dowager asks Aomame to murder the religious head of Sakigake, the Leader, who is reported to have been the abuser. Aomame meets up with the Leader, who turns out to be a physically enormous person with muscle problems that cause him chronic, severe pain. He reveals that he is the father of Fuka-Eri and has special powers like telekinesis . He is also the one in Sakigake who can hear the religious voices speaking to him. The Leader, knowing that Aomame was sent to him to kill him, finally strikes a deal with her: she will kill him and he will protect Tengo from harm. After a long conversation with the Leader, Aomame finally kills him and goes into hiding at a prearranged location set up by the Dowager and Tamaru, her bodyguard.