The Tattoo Murder Case (Paperback)

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The Tattoo Murder Case By Akimitsu Takagi, Deborah Boehm (Translated by), Barry Lancet (Foreword by) Cover Image

The Tattoo Murder Case (Paperback)

By Akimitsu Takagi, Deborah Boehm (Translated by), Barry Lancet (Foreword by)


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"Beware of the curse: Snake eats Frog. Frog eats Slug. Slug dissolves Snake."

Kenzo's lover has been murdered, and he decides not to tell his brother, Detective Chief Inspector Daiyu Matsushita, about their tryst but rather try and solve the case himself. When he fails to do so, he reaches out to an old classmate for help. The first of the Kyosuke Kamizu mysteries, this is another wonderful mystery from Japan set in the mid-20th century. Two thumbs up! - randy

— From Murder and Mayhem

Kinue Nomura survived World War II only to be murdered in Tokyo, her severed limbs discovered in a room locked from the inside. Gone is the part of her that bore one of the most beautiful full-body tattoos ever rendered. Kenzo Matsushita, a young doctor who was first to discover the crime scene, feels compelled to assist his detective brother, who is in charge of the case. But Kenzo has a secret: he was Kinue’s lover, and soon his involvement in the investigation becomes as twisted and complex as the writhing snakes that once adorned Kinue’s torso.

The Tattoo Murder Case was originally published in 1948; this is the first English translation.
Akimitsu Takagi (1920–1995) studied engineering at Kyoto University and later worked for the Nakajima Aircraft Company. Over the course of his writing career, he published fifteen popular mysteries, including Honeymoon to NowhereThe Informer, and The Tattoo Murder Case, and he won the Japan Mystery Writers Club Award.

Product Details ISBN: 9781569471562
ISBN-10: 1569471568
Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date: July 1st, 2003
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Soho Crime
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Praise for The Tattoo Murder Case

“Like voyeurs, we follow Takagi down the charred streets of bombed-out Tokyo to scenes of fastidiously executed decadence . . . [A] tale of sexual obsession and perversity.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“It took 50 years for this novel to reach our shores but it feels thoroughly modern.”
—Parade Magazine

"The Tattoo Murder Case is a delightful, different book, not only because of its unusual setting and premise, but because Takagi is a powerful plotter and constructor of fascinating, complex characters. Introducing American audiences to great foreign mysteries (as well as unusual domestic voices) has become a Soho Press trademark, and almost everything in its catalog is top-notch. The Tattoo Murder Case is a high-water mark even by those high standards."
The A.V. Club

“Clever, kinky, highly entertaining . . . I want more.”
Washington Post Book World

The Seattle Times

“An engaging, refreshingly different invitation to fictional mayhem.”
Arizona Daily Star

“Intricate, fantastic and utterly absorbing. More please . . . Calculated to outdo John Dickson Carr in both ghoulishness and ingenuity.”
Kirkus Reviews