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The Tattoo Murder Case (Soho Crime) by [Takagi, Akimitsu]
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Kindle Edition, 1 Jul 2003
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Length: 353 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2808 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Crime (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NUQNOQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old-Fashioned Exotic Mystery 29 November 2010
By zorba - Published on Amazon.com
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This fascinating book was surprisingly enjoyable. Unlike many shoot-'em-up police procedurals of today this mystery, written in the postwar '40s, gets solved by sheer brainpower on the part of a detective and two outsiders, with a minimum of gunplay. In addition, the book gives us a look at life in occupied Japan only two years after the atom bombs fell. But, perhaps most interesting, it takes us into the exotic world of body tattooing, giving that art form a dimension probably unfamiliar to most western readers. Thus, on a number of fronts, this book excels. In addition, it holds the reader's attention throughout and provides a good change-of-pace for mystery readers.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful period piece 1 April 2017
By fanofjapan - Published on Amazon.com
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This combines a glimpse into the fascinating culture of tattoos and yakusas in post-war Japan with a masterfully executed locked room mystery. A very enjoyable read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic mystery written and set in Tokyo after WW2. 27 April 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Good plot and interesting historical perspective makes this far more than a typical PI mystery set in Japan. A classic.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling mystery journey 13 June 2013
By mark - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a first rate murder mystery. It unfolds from the point of view of a (somewhat) unrelated third party thus letting the reader analyze information and form theories along with the characters in the novel. Also this is a great way to absorb customs and nuances of Japanese culture while following a compelling murder plot. This novel is a perfect addition to the Soho Crime collection, which gathers mysteries set in many different countries under one imprint.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, Kindle edition full of errors 6 December 2010
By Dave Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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A very clever and entertaining thriller. This would have been a four-star review, except that the Kindle edition has literally more than one error per page. It looks like the book was scanned and then not proofread, for example: he word "in" shows up as "m" about half the time, punctuation is often missing or randomly appears in the wrong places, and some words are just clearly the wrong word (auto spelling correction?). In only a few places is this is genuinely confusing, but I found it so pervasive as to detract from the reading experience. However the problem is consistent, so if you're OK with the free sample then you'll probably be OK with the rest of it.