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The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo) by [Shimada, Soji]
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The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo) Kindle Edition

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Length: 320 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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A bestselling and internationally-acclaimed masterpiece of the locked-room mystery genreJapan, 1936. An old eccentric artist living with seven women has been found dead- in a room locked from the inside. His diaries reveal alchemy, astrology and a complicated plan to kill all seven women. Shortly afterwards, the plan is carried out: the women are found dismembered and buried across rural Japan.By 1979, these Tokyo Zodiac Murders have been obsessing a nation for decades, but not one of them has been solved. A mystery-obsessed illustrator and a talented astrologer set off around the country - and you follow, carrying the enigma of the Zodiac murderer through madness, missed leads and magic tricks. You have all the clues, but can you solve the mystery before they do?Born in 1948 in Hiroshima prefecture, Soji Shimada has been dubbed the 'God of Mystery' by international audiences. A novelist, essayist and short-story writer, he made his literary debut in 1981 with The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, which was shortlisted for the Edogawa Rampo Prize. Blending classical detective fiction with grisly violence and elements of the occult, he has gone on to publish several highly acclaimed series of mystery fiction, including the casebooks of Kiyoshi Mitarai and Takeshi Yoshiki.In 2009 Shimada received the prestigious Japan Mystery Literature Award in recognition of his life's work.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1493 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pushkin Vertigo (17 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01227DIB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Anne Whight TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 December 2015
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This is a clever locked room style murder mystery in which the reader is invited to try to solve an old cold case. Personally I found it a bit too dry and sterile for my liking. It lacks the action that is characteristic of more modern crime writing and so it seemed to lose some of the the momentum. That said, I did finish the book and it was an interesting story, well written and smoothly translated. The ending was unexpected but made sense so it was a satisfying read.
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Best mystery ever
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional mystery, uneven read--but essential for genre fans 13 January 2017
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This is an exceptional mystery story in the finest traditions, including an extraordinary way to conceal the identity of the murderer. The only reason I do not give it five stars is because the prose, translated to English, does not flow as smoothly as I would like. This may follow from a desire to remain faithful to the details of the Japanese original; I cannot say. It does not mar the mystery nor the solution. It does, slightly, mar the reading experience.
If you're a mystery fan, this should be part of your reading experience, and we can hope that the author's other mystery will also be translated into English.
3.0 out of 5 stars A different style 16 May 2017
By D. Koch - Published on Amazon.com
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A different style than I've read before. It wasn't my favorite, but you may enjoy it! Worth a shot for when you're ready for something different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining book 16 December 2016
By David Soto - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good book that keeps you thinking who the culprit(s) might be. The resolution of the case is simple and original. You do have all the clues to try and solve the case. I didn't solve it though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I ENJOYED 27 August 2016
By nhumy leuthold - Published on Amazon.com
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UNEXPECTED ENDING.
I ENJOYED IT
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 January 2016
By PhD Engineer - Published on Amazon.com
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In common with many Japanese novels the pacing is a bit odd but this is really very good