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A fiendish classic murder mystery, from one of Japan's greatest crime writers
In 1940s Japan, the wealthy head of the Inugami Clan dies, and his family eagerly await the reading of the will. But no sooner are its strange details revealed than a series of bizarre, gruesome murders begins. Detective Kindaichi must unravel the clan's terrible secrets of forbidden liaisons, monstrous cruelty, and hidden identities to find the murderer, and lift the curse wreaking its bloody revenge on the Inugamis.
The Inugami Curse is a fiendish, intricately plotted classic mystery from a giant of Japanese crime writing, starring the legendary detective Kosuke Kindaichi.
Seishi Yokomizo (1902–81) was one of Japan's most famous and best-loved mystery writers. He was born in Kobe and spent his childhood reading detective stories, before beginning to write stories of his own, the first of which was published in 1921. He went on to become an extremely prolific and popular author, best known for his Kosuke Kindaichi series, which ran to 77 books, many of which were adapted for stage and television in Japan. The Inugami Curse is one of Kindaichi's most famous mysteries and has twicce been adapted for film in Japan.
A multiple murder case confounds brilliant private detective Kosuke Kindaichi in this stellar whodunit set in 1940s Japan from Yokomizo (1902 1981). Kindiachi receives a cryptic letter from attorney Toyoichiro Wakabayashi after Sahei Inugamu, the affluent Silk King of Japan, has died. The lawyer asks the PI to meet him in Nasu, so that the investigator can forestall "events soaked in blood," which Wakabayashi fears will claim the lives of multiple members of the Inugami clan. But before the two men can meet, Wakabayashi himself is murdered by a poisoned cigarette. His fears are further validated when Sahei's will is read, setting up a competition between several potential heirs to meet the stringent conditions for receiving part of the lucrative legacy. Soon afterward, someone starts killing Inugami relatives in bizarre ways; the first is decapitated, and his head posed in a doll's display. Yokomizo creates a palpable sense of menace throughout with grim foreshadowing of the carnage to come. The solution is a perfect match for the baffling puzzle. Fair-play fans will hope for more translations of this master storyteller.