The Tattoo Murder Case

The Tattoo Murder Case

Paperback Soho Crime

By (author) Akimitsu Takagi

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  • Publisher: SohoCrime,US
  • Format: Paperback | 317 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 191mm x 25mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1569471568
  • ISBN 13: 9781569471562
  • Sales rank: 315,552

Product description

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. "The Tattoo Murder Case" was originally published in 1948; this is the first English translation.

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Author information

Akimitsu Takagi was born in 1920 and graduated from Kyoto University. His first job was as an engineer for the Nakajima Aircraft Company. He won the Japan Mystery Writers Club Award and wrote fifteen popular mysteries.

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Praise for The Tattoo Murder Case “Like voyeurs, we follow Takagi down the charred streets of bombed-out Tokyo to scenes of fastidiously executed decadence . . . [A] tale of sexual obsession and perversity.” —The New York Times Book Review “Clever, kinky, highly entertaining . . . I want more.” —Washington Post Book World “Elegant.”  —The Seattle Times “An engaging, refreshingly different invitation to fictional mayhem.” —Arizona Daily Star “Intricate, fantastic and utterly absorbing. More please . . . Calculated to outdo John Dickson Carr in both ghoulishness and ingenuity.” —Kirkus Reviews