The Honjin Murders (Hardback)
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The Honjin Murders (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 12/11/2020
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The Honjin Murders is an engrossing piece of classic crime fiction from Seishi Yokomizo, the Japanese rival to Agatha Christie. The village of Okamura prepares for the wedding celebrations of the son of one its leading families, but then a masked man, a night of terrible screams and a bloody samurai sword set in motion a deathly mystery for the amateur detective Kindaichi to solve. An atmospheric, chilling, ingenious piece of Japanese noir.

In the winter of 1937, the village of Okamura is abuzz with excitement over the forthcoming wedding of a son of the grand Ichiyanagi family. But amid the gossip over the approaching festivities, there is also a worrying rumour - it seems a sinister masked man has been asking questions about the Ichiyanagis around the village.

Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi family are woken by a terrible scream, followed by the sound of eerie music - death has come to Okamura, leaving no trace but a bloody samurai sword, thrust into the pristine snow outside the house. The murder seems impossible, but amateur detective Kosuke Kindaichi is determined to get to the bottom of it.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782277316
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Plenty of golden age ingredients... with a truly ingenious solution' - Guardian, Best New Crime Fiction

'Readers will delight in the blind turns, red herrings and dubious alibis... Ingenious and compelling' - Economist

'At once familiar and tantalisingly strange... It's an absolute pleasure to see his work translated at last in these beautifully produced English editions' - Sunday Times

'A classic murder mystery... Comparisons with Holmes are justified, both in the character of Kindaichi and Yokomizo's approach to storytelling - mixing clues, red herrings and fascinating social insight before drawing back the curtain to reveal the truth' - Japan Times

'The perfect read for this time of year. Short and compelling, it will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie looking for a new case to break' - Irish Times

'The premise alone is dazzling [and] the solution to this mystery came as a complete surprise - exactly what I asked for' - New York Times

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“An intriguing case!”

We will be introduced to Detective Kindaichi. An unusual character, not what you might expect. Somehow he must search for answers and unravel this complicated case.
Combining a quirky writing style. This story draws... More

Paperback edition
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“A fine introduction to one of the world's most loved detectives!”

With Japanese fiction taking up the majority of my reading material, the prospect of diving into Seishi Yokomizo's work was tantalising. Published for the first time in English by Pushkin in recent months, this... More

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“Japan’s Answer to Sherlock Holmes”

Published in English for the first time, we finally get to read about the popular detective that has captured Japanese readers’ attention and imagination for decades.

I don’t usually read much crime fiction... More

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