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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (277 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Akimitsu Takagi Narrator: Mark Douglas Nelson Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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Miss Kinue Nomura survived World War II only to be murdered in Tokyo, her severed limbs left behind. Gone is that part of her that bore one of the most beautiful full-body tattoos ever rendered by her late father. Kenzo Matsushita, a young doctor, must assist his detective brother who is in charge of the case, because he was Kinue's secret lover and the first person on the murder scene.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 GlenK | 12/29/2013

    " A complex and exceedingly clever murder mystery set in post-WWII Tokyo. And in classic tradition, the solution (no, I'm not saying what it is) is all laid out for us in the last few chapters. Quite a pleasure to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/10/2013

    " Set in 1947 Japan this mystery won a prize in 1949. It's timeless and riveting. The exotic world of tattoos is introduced to us in short five page chapters that are pefectly organized. The police are baffled and it takes an outider, a Sherlock Holmes like character, who is only introduced in the later pages of the book to solve the crimes. It's one murder after another and you know there is misdirection involved but you can't quite figure it out. It's dark, sensual, and a page turner. The author uses World War II as the seminal event in the background that might be the cause or blame of all this dishonorable behavior. Definitely going to read more by this author (deceased). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madhu | 11/27/2013

    " Stupid. That's all I can say about it. Stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 11/13/2013

    " have to read for class... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 4/21/2013

    " So, let me get this straight: a friend of the main character comes in about halfway through the book, and solves the case, and in the closing 20 pages talks about the how/what/where/when/who/why? It reads more like a science textbook, than a murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eighteen | 2/16/2013

    " Just an incredible pulp novel about mysterious/dangerous tattoo culture and a murder mystery surrounding a beautifully tattooed person's death in post-war occupied Japan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 2/11/2013

    " This is a classic locked-room mystery, and as such is very good. It's been several years since I read it, so I won't offer a review until I find my copy and re-read it. This book is what got me into both Soho crime series, Japanese and Chinese murder mysteries, and Kurosawa's noir films. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Naftali | 12/12/2012

    " A must read for fans of mystery or japanese culture. It is unapologetic about the cultural references though... the author doesn't bog you down with explanations of things as their is an assumption that you will understand the finer aspects of the culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maxwell | 9/26/2012

    " couldn't finish it, but it did have a pretty cool "silence of the lambs" feel to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabbo | 9/3/2012

    " The murder is gruesome, the idea of preserving the tattooed skins of people who have died, for their art value, is creepy, but still it is a very readable mystery. The translation is stilted, and there are a couple of anachronisms, but that doesn't matter once you get into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emil | 6/10/2012

    " A suitably atmospheric detective thriller from immediate postwar Japan. I enjoyed the lurid details of the plot, particularly the evocation of the still-underground world of the tattoo in Japan, but the actual mystery was of the locked-room variety: fairly improbable and somewhat disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sae-chan | 3/2/2012

    " Three stars for the story and an additional little star for the tattoo lecture. I will never look at tattoos the same way again. Of course I'm not talking about sushi tattoos here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 12/25/2011

    " A compelling whodunit with the added complexity of another culture woven throughout the mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/18/2011

    " A great murder mystery!
    I picked it up randomly at the library one day & I'm glad I did!
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daryl | 6/24/2010

    " Interesting post-war Japanese murder mystery. Lots of twists and turns in the plot, along with interesting observations of life in the Tokyo or 1946. If you like the genre it's worth the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maxwell | 4/11/2010

    " couldn't finish it, but it did have a pretty cool "silence of the lambs" feel to it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madhu | 4/7/2010

    " Stupid. That's all I can say about it. Stupid. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenna | 7/5/2009

    " So, let me get this straight: a friend of the main character comes in about halfway through the book, and solves the case, and in the closing 20 pages talks about the how/what/where/when/who/why? It reads more like a science textbook, than a murder mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 12/18/2007

    " A must read for fans of mystery or japanese culture. It is unapologetic about the cultural references though... the author doesn't bog you down with explanations of things as their is an assumption that you will understand the finer aspects of the culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emil | 8/24/2007

    " A suitably atmospheric detective thriller from immediate postwar Japan. I enjoyed the lurid details of the plot, particularly the evocation of the still-underground world of the tattoo in Japan, but the actual mystery was of the locked-room variety: fairly improbable and somewhat disappointing. "

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