: Preview – The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shimada, (Pushkin Vertigo, 2015)

cover70292-mediumPub Date Sep 15, 2015
Pushkin Vertigo
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
by Soji Shimada
Mystery & Thrillers, Literature/Fiction (Adult)
Translated by Ross and Shika Mackenzie
Original title: Senseijutsu Satsujinjiken

Blurb: Astrologer, fortuneteller, and self-styled detective Kiyoshi Mitarai must in one week solve a macabre murder mystery that has baffled Japan for 40 years. Who murdered the artist Umezawa, raped and killed his daughter, and then chopped up the bodies of six others to create Azoth, the supreme woman? With maps, charts, and other illustrations, this story of magic and illusion, pieced together like a great stage tragedy, challenges the reader to unravel the mystery before the final curtain.

Soji Shimada: Born in 1948 in Hiroshima prefecture, Soji Shimada has been dubbed the ‘God of Mystery’ by international audiences. A novelist, essayist and short-story writer, he made his literary debut in 1981 with The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, which was shortlisted for the Edogawa Rampo Prize. Blending classical detective fiction with grisly violence and elements of the occult, he has gone on to publish several highly acclaimed series of mystery fiction, including the casebooks of Kiyoshi Mitarai and Takeshi Yoshiki. He is the author of 100+ works in total. In 2009 Shimada received the prestigious Japan Mystery Literature Award in recognition of his life’s work.
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