The Noh Mask Murder (Paperback)
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The Noh Mask Murder (Paperback)

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Published: 04/04/2024
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The author of The Tattoo Murder steps into his own story as a character in this devious locked-room thriller in which a crime writer and budding sleuth receives a plea for help from the head of the family - too late.

The classic Japanese locked-room mystery

Can you solve the puzzle of the Noh Mask Murder?

Death and madness have haunted the Chizui family for years. Now a strange figure has been seen wandering their mansion at night, wearing a sinister Noh mask that is said to bear a centuries-old curse.

Budding crime writer and sleuth Akimitsu Takagi receives a desperate plea for help from the head of the family but arrives too late to find the man dead in a locked room, with the mask at his feet. Takagi begins to investigate, but it seems the curse of the mask is not finished with the Chizuis yet...

From one of Japan's most renowned mystery writers-who appears in the novel as a detective!-The Noh Mask Murder is an ingeniously constructed masterpiece with a breathtaking ending.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782279655
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


A classic murder mystery, set against the fascinating backdrop of a post-war Japan struggling to come to terms with a changing world. With a jaw-dropping final twist that completely pulled the rug out from under me, this book firmly cements Takagi's reputation as the Japanese Agatha Christie. - Fiona Leitch

Ingenious" doesn't do justice to this fantastic and labyrinthine novel. Akimitsu Takagi was a master craftsman of the locked-room mystery form, and The Noh Mask Murder might just be his greatest achievement. - Tom Mead, author of 'Death and the Conjuror' and 'The Murder Wheel'

Japanese crime-writing legend and innovator of the form, Takagi, lends contemporary thought to traditional Golden Age tropes to superb effect... Reflects the distinct and elegant storytelling of Japan and riffs on the locked room mystery - Crime Time

A playful, meta-narrative puzzle that will delight fans of the classic locked-room subgenre, but which also digs beneath the surface mystery to explore the "collective derangement" that can affect an entire family - or, for that matter, an entire nation - Irish Tiimes

Brilliantly atmospheric, playful and ingenious. Both The Noh Mask Murder and The Tattoo Murder are rightly considered classics of the genre - Alex Pavesi, author of Eight Detectives

Like a Japanese version of Agatha Christie... There are ingenious twists... I can see why this is crowned as a classic masterpiece in Japan... The final chapter and ending in particular are so breath-taking and exquisite I read it a couple times - Mitsy Reads

- Praise for The Tattoo Murder

Has all the hallmarks of a Japanese noir, with its devious locked-door scenario, the shadowy presence of illegal tattooists, their obsessive clients and a creepily intense professor, who's hoping to add another skin to his collection... A tale that fizzes with intrigue and ingenuity - Daily Mail

This lurid mystery provides a fascinating portrait of wartorn Tokyo - The Times Crime Club, Pick of the Week

Intricate, fantastic and utterly absorbing. More please . . . Calculated to outdo John Dickson Carr in both ghoulishness and ingenuity - Kirkus Reviews

An ingenious whodunnit - Daily Mail

Like voyeurs, we follow Takagi down the charred streets of bombed-out Tokyo to scenes of fastidiously executed decadence - New York Times

An engaging journey into a Tokyo ravaged by war and its criminal underworld... Crackles with the energy that made Takagi one of Japan's most popular crime authors - Financial Times

Agatha Christie was the queen of the locked room mystery - but now we have the opportunity to enjoy The Tattoo Murder... Originally published in 1948, Takagi's mystery transcends time... As the evenings draw in, this mystery will keep the cold at bay. - Independent

A delightful, different book, not only because of its unusual setting and premise, but because Takagi is a powerful plotter and constructor of fascinating, complex characters - The A.V. Club

The extensive and nuanced portrayal of Japanese subcultures makes The Tattoo Murder an absorbing and satisfying read - Business Post

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“Japanese classic crime”

Akimitsu Takagi started writing in the late 40's and was a hugely popular crime writer in Japan, so it's great that Pushkin Press are releasing some of this classic crime writer's work. The Noh Mask... More

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“A locked-room murder mystery”

The impossible murder, or so it seems for our crowd of onlookers. Then the body count starts mounting and mounting as vengeance is satisfied and (Japanese) honour satisfied. The first few scene setting chapters are a... More

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