The Tattoo Murder Case

The Tattoo Murder Case


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ISBN-13: 9781569471562
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Series: Crime Series
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 690,085
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)

About the Author

Akimitsu Takagi (1920–1995) studied engineering at Kyoto University and later worked for the Nakajima Aircraft Company. Over the course of his writing career, he published fifteen popular mysteries, including Honeymoon to NowhereThe Informer, and The Tattoo Murder Case, and he won the Japan Mystery Writers Club Award.

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The Tattoo Murder Case 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
PatrickZJD More than 1 year ago
While I disagree with both previous reviewers as to their characterization of this novel -- I am a huge fan of William Gibson's "Neuromancer, and this book is nothing like that outside of atmosphere; also, I am a huge fan of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, and Akimitsu Takagi does not possess their writing style -- I must say that their opinions as to the quality of this mystery is right on the mark. Reading, much as suggested both within the book and in the blurb, like a classical John Dickson Carr "Sir Gordon Merrivale" or S.S. Van Dine "Philo Vance" mystery, "The Tattoo Murder Case" has every element needed for a classic mystery of the 1930s, including a femme fatale, heavy-handed investigator, helpless sap with more than a hint of intelligence, gigolo, and, last but not least, effete genius to solve the case...with a surprising touch of sexuality and the outre as well. While it is difficult to say that the characters are more than standard mystery character ciphers, and the mechanics of the plot is no more conventional than any other locked-room mystery, focussing on this would do Takagi's novel a disservice, precisely because it IS a fantastic representative of this sub-genre, with a fantastic capture of post-WW2 Tokyo besides. Not once did the book's near-obsessional information of tattoos seem unnecessary or forced; indeed, it is funny to read this book now in a culture where tattoos are found on the bodies of cinematic superstars like Megan Fox and on reality TV shows, and not merely on drunken sailors or criminal reprobates, with all of the ill feelings and opinions society holds of their wearers (and which I for the most part agree with). I suppose the only thing that I found disappointing was that Kenzo Matush-ta, the book's seeming protagonist in the starting pages, was not the one in the end who ended the mystery...but then, Dr. Watson rarely did as well. Overall, I found "The Tattoo Murder Case" a splendid addition to my mystery library, and in the end I can give this book the highest recommendation possible, as it makes you want to have been present for the events unfolding therein.
katydid-it on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book became much more interesting to me once I realized that it was originally written in 1948. From this perspective, it can be viewed as an interesting view into the post-World War II Japanese culture - a period when the country was adapting to a changed world and changing cultural norms. The crime/detective aspect of the story is interesting and fun to read, but wasn't very sophisticated. From what I have researched, the descriptions of tattoo culture at the time are historically accurate.
noblechicken on LibraryThing 8 months ago
From 1948! Hard to believe, the murder investigated is quite gruesome. Reads much like the mysteries of the time like Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh, except with the cultural Japanese flavor of tattoo art and more. A very interesting mystery and engaging read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book was actually written in 1948, you will be amazed by how utterly modern it is. The translation is perfect and the mood is very reminiscent of William Gibson, ala 'Neuromancer.' It wouldn't surprise me to learn that Gibson read this book before writing about his future Tokyo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like the authors who started this genre: Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammet, then this book is a *must read*. *Tattoo Murder* has all the great mystery and dark irony of Chandler and Hammet stories, plus a healthy dose of Sherlock Holmsian deductive reasoning. All these classical elements come together in a story that retains a wonderful flavor of Japan. This book gives a fascinating glimpse into Japanese culture, the Yakuza, and tattoos