Death on Gokumon Island (Paperback)Seishi Yokomizo (author)
Kosuke Kindaichi arrives on the remote Gokumon Island bearing tragic news - the son of one of the island's most important families has died, on a troop transport ship bringing him back home after the Second World War. But Kindaichi has not come merely as a messenger - with his last words, the dying man warned that his three step-sisters' lives would now be in danger.
The scruffy detective is determined to get to the bottom of this mysterious prophesy, and to protect the three women if he can. As Kosuke Kindaichi attempts to unravel the island's secrets, a series of gruesome murders begins. He investigates, but soon finds himself in mortal danger from both the unknown killer and the clannish locals, who resent this outsider meddling in their affairs.
Loosely inspired by Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, the fiendish Death on Gokumon Island is perhaps the most highly regarded of all the great Seishi Yokomizo's classic Japanese mysteries.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Seishi Yokomizo took a pinch of John Dickson Carr and a dash of Agatha Christie in creating Kosuke Kindaichi, solver of impossible crimes... Kosuke's arrival [on Gokumon Island] coincides with a string of bizarre and gruesome murders. As deaths mount, the quirky, endearing detective strings together the clues to solve this fiendish puzzle' - Sarah Weinman
'One of the best mystery, thriller, and true crime books out in June' -Bookriot
'This fiendish mystery... will appeal to all lovers of the Golden Age of crime fiction' - The Times and Sunday Times Crime Club
'A fascinating insight into Japanese culture and behaviour more than 70 years ago' - Irish Independent
'An exceptional whodunit... the brilliant and intricate plot will keep readers turning the pages. Golden age fans will hope for more translations of this gifted author' -Publishers Weekly
'Seishi Yokomizo was the king of the locked-room mystery, and there's nothing more cut off than an island.' - CrimeReads.com
'A succession of grotesque murders has the endearingly dishevelled Kindaichi forever scratching his head... exposing family rivalries and ancient superstitions which defy outside interference. The truth, when it emerges, is as bizarre as it is chilling' - Daily Mail
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