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The Inugami Curse Paperback – 3 March 2020
About the Author
- Publisher : Pushkin Vertigo (3 March 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1782275037
- ISBN-13 : 978-1782275039
- Dimensions : 12.85 x 2.26 x 19.79 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 120,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The scene is set in post-war Japan, in a rural setting just touched by modernity. The plot is clever and the author drops enough hints to engage the reader's 'little grey cells' to quote a famous detective.
Some of the descriptions of characters and their idiosyncrasies are a bit repetitive, and you feel this tome could have been 10% shorter. The novelty effect is not as strong as when you discover the writing style in the first volume of course. Still I will probably buy the third tome when it comes out...
The story is a well constructed puzzle with enough clues for the reader to piece together the solution. Unfortunately the detective Kindaichi is not a terribly interesting character; he's a bit scruffy, and scratches his head and stutters in moments of stress and.. that's about all. The rest of the cast aren't much better, but then these kinds of novels are all about the twisty plot and macabre deaths rather than deep character development. The Inugamis' closet has a lot of skeletons and they are all on view by the last page. On the other hand, Yokimizo has a talent for conjuring mood through vivid descriptions of the landscape and weather. The translator has done a terrific job and the text never reads awkwardly. At about 240 pages it's a quick, fun read.
Just finished the Inugami Curse. Fascinating. Unique style. Enjoyed the journey. On to the second novel with great expectations.
Classic crime from Japan. Cleverly and intricately plotted. When the head of the incredibly wealthy Inugami clan passes his family gathers for the reading of the will. Thus begins a series of bizarre and disturbing murders. A gruesome puzzle, well executed with an interesting detective in Kindaichi. A treat from the Golden Age of crime.
(Many thanks to NetGalley/ Publisher/ Author)