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The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
by Soji Shimada and Ross MacKenzie and Shika Mackenzie


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"Intricately constructed and entertainingly exotic."--"The Japan Times"

Astrologer, fortuneteller, and self-styled detective Kiyoshi Mitarai must in one week solve a mystery that has baffled Japan for 40 years. Who murdered the artist Umezawa, raped and killed his daughter, and then chopped up the bodies of six others to create Azoth, the supreme woman?  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Intricately constructed and entertainingly exotic."--"The Japan Times"

Astrologer, fortuneteller, and self-styled detective Kiyoshi Mitarai must in one week solve a mystery that has baffled Japan for 40 years. Who murdered the artist Umezawa, raped and killed his daughter, and then chopped up the bodies of six others to create Azoth, the supreme woman? With maps, charts, and other illustrations, this story of magic and illusion, pieced together like a great stage tragedy, challenges the reader to unravel the mystery before the final curtain. "The Tokyo Zodiac Murders" joins a new wave of Japanese murder mysteries being translated into English.

Soji Shimada, author of over 100 mystery novels, is a designer, musician, and astrology writer.

"From the publisher: for more mystery from Japan, check out The Inugami Clan by Seishi Yokomizo."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781782271383
  • ISBN-10: 1782271384
  • Publisher: Pushkin Vertigo
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds

Series: Pushkin Vertigo

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - General
Books > Fiction > Thrillers - Suspense
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-02-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

First published in Japan in 1981, Shimada's intriguing first novel blends metafiction with a locked-room mystery. The title refers to a (fictional) series of sensational unsolved murders committed in 1936. In 1979, freelance illustrator Kazumi Ishioka, "a huge fan of mysteries," and his moody artist friend, Kiyoshi Mitarai, a self-styled amateur detective, are intent on unraveling the decades-old ritualistic killings. Painter Heikichi Umezawa left an eerily specific note about how he wanted to create the perfect woman, his Azoth, made up of the severed parts of his six daughters and nieces. These women, all with different astrological signs, ended up dead and buried all over Japan, but it was impossible for Umezawa to be the killer, because he had been dead for days himself, murdered in his locked studio. Kazumi and Kiyoshi spend a lot of time getting up to speed on the case by simply relating facts to each other. But once Shimada enters his own narrative as an investigator, the pace picks up considerably, and readers will understand why Shimada is considered one of Japan's most fiendishly clever crime writers. (Sept.)

 
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