This is one of a series of 20 or so classic crime 'who dunnit' thrillers from around the world published by Pushkin Vertigo.
This story is set in Tokyo in 1979 when an amateur detective and his friend reinvestigate the series of murders from 1936 which included an artist and seven female members of his family, including 2 nieces, 3 step-daughters and 2 daughters. The youngest 6 women are discovered dismembered and buried across Japan at sites with some astrological significance in an incidence known as the 'Tokyo Zodiac Murders'. The artist had penned a bizarre treatise about carrying out such a plan for his own reasons, but he is murdered prior to the women, so he couldn't have done it, or could he?? His murder occurred in strange circumstances in a locked room. Kazume Ishioka asks his friend and amateur sleuth Kiyoshi Mitarai to investigate.
The books is written almost as if it were a true event being re-opened rather than a novel, which it is. It starts with the rambling and very detailed astrological treatise and plan of the artist, Heikichi Umezawa, to recreate an ancient Japanese goddess from the body parts of his female family members. Mad stuff, but a compelling insight into the logic of his mind. It then details the murders and the reinvestigation. It is unsettling and gruesome in parts, but compelling nonetheless.
The solution is clever, but the plot ultimately a bit contrived. However, it is still worthy of high praise because of its unique style and ingenuity. I definitely will read others in this series, and would recommend this to anyone with a devious mind and a strong stomach.
- ペーパーバック: 320ページ
- 出版社: Pushkin Vertigo; Reprint版 (2015/9/15)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 9781782271383
- ISBN-13: 978-1782271383
- ASIN: 1782271384
- 発売日： 2015/9/15
- 商品の寸法: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 51
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