Client 2 Melissa Paulson Fancy Woman on Plane Simon Sinn Captain Wong Lea Mariano Yacht Stewardess Andrea Dolente French Bus Boy Joseph Vecsey Parent Tourist 2 Claudio Corinaldesi Gonzales Tour Rep Michele Bevilacqua Butler Riley Lennon Nice Nervous Teen Emilie Rousseau Italian Announcer uncredited Patrick Baby Maurice the Chef uncredited Brendin Brown Spanish Announcer voice uncredited Eric Clark Monaco Police uncredited Massi Furlan Italian Announcer voice uncredited Raphael Grosz-Harvey Shoplifter uncredited Christopher Hayes Lounge Bartender uncredited Pilar Holland Pamela uncredited Mike Joseph Waiter uncredited Fred Nguyen Khan Bodega Owner uncredited Jonathan Loughran Man at Train Station uncredited Helena Marie Waitress 2 uncredited Melissa Plante Waitress uncredited Chantal Raimondo Hotel Guest uncredited Daniela Sandiford Waitress uncredited Eric Shackelford Hot Dog Guy uncredited Victor Turpin Lorenzo uncredited Rose Maria Wilde Aniston Christophe Giraud Aniston as Whitney L.
Aniston Giulia Maran Aniston Stacie Merriman Floor 2nd Assistant Director Inti Carboni Cast Assistant Valentina de Cassan Crowd PA Sallie Hard Floor 2nd Assistant Director Tiziana Kinkela Set PA Michela Marini Set PA Gary Powell Base PA Darin Rivetti Head painter Lucie Fournier Head Sculptor Antonio Fraulo Assistant set decorator Dan Sweetman Translated into English for the first time in by Deborah Boehm and published by Soho Crime, this translation bridges the half century since the novel was first published and gives us a fresh, new locked room mystery in a country where full body tattoos reach the status of art.
When parts of a dismembered body are found in a room locked from the inside, Kenzo Matsushita, year-old former military medic, contacts his older brother, Detective Chief Inspector Daiyu Matsushita to investigate the case. Most entrancing in this mystery, perhaps, is the culture that surrounds art tattoos. The locked room is of course a mind-bender. Additionally, one cannot help but be drawn to the enigmatic, self-contained, and suave Kyosuke.
Sherlock is the absolute yardstick and measure Takagi means us to use. All this is overlaid with a gauzy screen of Japanese culture and habits. It is fascinating: oriental, yet the best Sherlock impersonation I have met. However, to my knowledge, only The Informer , a mystery based on a true stock market scam, and Honeymoon to Nowhere have been translated into English, all by Soho Crime.
A note to the publisher: The digital file for this downloaded book was rife with extensive errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It was difficult to read. Small mistakes like those found in advance galleys can be accommodated, but the mistakes in this actually made it difficult for me to understand what was going on. Since I paid full price for the book, it stands to reason I would like a product that is not defective.
Digital files produced by different vendors have different outcomes, and this one definitely needed massaging. Hope to see you do better in the future. View all 3 comments. May 08, Jami rated it really liked it. I stumbled upon this book while looking for a different Japanese murder mystery and am eternally grateful. This book was originally published in Japan in ; however, it does not seem dated at all. The only way you know the year it takes place is the references to the destruction of Tokyo.
I am usually a slow reader, but I devoured this book. A fascinating story that includes a look at how the Japanese culture viewed tattoos, the artists who create them, and the people who choose to adorn thei I stumbled upon this book while looking for a different Japanese murder mystery and am eternally grateful. A fascinating story that includes a look at how the Japanese culture viewed tattoos, the artists who create them, and the people who choose to adorn their bodies with them.
Sep 18, Trish added it Shelves: fiction , mysteries , asia , art. However, to my knowledge, only The Informer , based on a true stock market scam, and Honeymoon to Nowhere have been translated into English, all by Soho Crime. The explanation for the murder mystery is outstanding and logical, the setup about a serial murder case surrounding tattoos and the gloomy, haunting atmosphere is great too, but the characters look kind of flat though it doesn't bother me too much.
PS: we are reminded by the novelist that in the s Japanese society, tattooed people were being viewed as outlaws and criminals a 3. PS: we are reminded by the novelist that in the s Japanese society, tattooed people were being viewed as outlaws and criminals and then discriminated, poor them!
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Oct 03, David rated it really liked it Shelves: japanese-noirboiled. Comment upon first reading : Enjoyable Japanese whodunnit. The characters are somewhat bland in their polite Japanese way, and the solution to the murder mystery is interesting in the same way that the solution to a crossword puzzle is interesting.
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The chief strengths of the narrative are its evocation of post-war Japan and its portrayal of the Japanese art tattoo subculture. On the whole, worth your time if you have an interest in things Japanese. Comment upon second reading : I have upgraded from Comment upon first reading : Enjoyable Japanese whodunnit.
First reading: 11 October Second reading: 18 February View all 6 comments. Nov 30, J. But there's something wrong. This comes across as disconnected, disjointed, and at the same time kind of homogenized for general acceptance. Seems like it's one of three possibles: It strains to be generic and polite.
Maybe something in the very recent war and conditions of Occupation under which it was written..? The depiction of the locations and the cultural locale are simply too broad and smoothed-o When I saw the basics here-- Japanese Murder Mystery circa I couldn't wait to read it. The depiction of the locations and the cultural locale are simply too broad and smoothed-over to be of interest. Period particulars are notably absent.
It's just not very good. A bit pulpy, maybe, and not the last word in characterization, but the story is good enough on its own merits that something more involving could have resulted Maybe so. Impossible to know without seeing a different translation or reading the Japanese original, but the above could all be shortcomings of the translation. Occasional slips into contemporary idiom 'a day at the beach' It would appear that the translator had a go at editing and revising some of the material here, in order to make it more contemporary, more commercial..
Less of a window in time into a very strange era in Japan, a recently-postfeudal but credible world-power, reduced to new humiliations every day , and more of a market-competitive genre mystery circa the present, rather than All of which points to the translator. And which is borne out by the fine print on the verso of the title page, which says, near the bottom : "translated and adapted by". In the sense that locale, period particulars and art direction in general would certainly be main attractions for this kind of novel, what's missing amounts to the donut and what's present is the hole.
Give it a pass. View all 4 comments. Good mystery with lots of twists. One of the main characters, Kyosuke, is a Sherlock Holmes-ish type character. It's one of the things I enjoyed most, his logical reasoning process, which was written well. It was also quite interesting to get a snapshot of the world of Tattoos in midth century Japan. I had no idea it was illegal, however, I did know it was associated with the crime world in later years. Also maybe more on a personal note, I enjoyed the descriptions of traditional Japanese hou Good mystery with lots of twists.
Also maybe more on a personal note, I enjoyed the descriptions of traditional Japanese houses, styles, items used daily and food. That this was originally written in is a huge plus for me. On the downside, and I didn't use this in my rating of the book, which is separate, the audio had major flaws.
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I'm sure it won't bother most who will listen to this who haven't studied Japanese or lived in Japan, but awful pronunciations of Japanese names and words drove me crazy. However, if you wouldn't know any better, the audio was OK. View 1 comment. Sep 23, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: classic-mysteries. This is the second Takagi book I have read. The other is "Honeymoon to Nowhere. The novel revolves around tattoos - tattoo artists and their beautiful, but illegal art, the people sporting the tattoos that transform their lives and bodies, and the collectors of tattoos.
Yes, there are people who collect tattoos, which means, of course, that they collect and display SKINS. This includes the b This is the second Takagi book I have read.
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This includes the brilliant, but extremely creepy Dr Hayakawa, who makes deals with the owners of tattoos that he fancies - when they die, he gets their skins for display in his collection. At the center of the twisted and very dark underground world of tattoos and tattoo artists in Tokyo is Kinue Nomura, daughter of a famous tattoo artist and bearer of the legendary Orochimaru tattoo courtesy of her father. Orochimaru is a legendary sorcerer who rides a snake.
Kinue's older brother Tsunetaro has the tattoo of Orochimaru's rival Jiraiya, who had a giant for a familiar, while her younger sister Tamae was given the tattoo of Tsunedahime, who rode an enormous slug. The story goes that if one person has the tattoos of a snake, a toad, and a slug, the creatures will fight to the death of the person with the tattoos. One can only imagine what would happen to three siblings with the individual tattoos. The Nomuras certainly appear cursed - the siblings' mother ran off with another man, became a criminal and died in prison; Tsunetaro vanishes during World War II and is presumed dead; and Tamae had the misfortune to be living in Hiroshima around the time of the atomic bomb attack.
Only Kinue has survived. Kinue has a love-hate relationship with her tattoos, which cover a great portion of her body.
She covers them most of the time, but sometimes shows them off. She takes part in a contest for the best tattoos and easily wins the women's division: " The meeting hall, which had been dead silent, suddenly erupted in cheers, shouts, and whistles. Dr Hayakawa is one of those who wants to possess Orochimaru, though she has turned him down repeatedly.
As Kinue's fear - paranoia? She fires her maid for no apparent reason and even goes to the public bath where everyone can see her colorful tattoos. Finally, one night there is an incredibly brutal murder - only a head, arms, and legs are found in Kinue's house. Her torso, with its magnificent tattoos, is missing.
Two more murders quickly follow suit. Is there someone hunting for tattoos and perfectly willing to take lives to possess them? Despite the above description, the story is not that gory. I've seen much worse things in contemporary mysteries and thrillers.
Actually, the novel has a decided noir feel to it. There is also a strong sense that you cannot escape your fate no matter how hard you try. This is easily one of the best mysteries I have ever read. It's almost like Takagi got bored with Daiyu and Kenzo and decided to try someone new.
However, I like Kamizu, who does an excellent job reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes or Nero Wolfe, so I'm willing to overlook his late showing. Highly recommended. I also recommend "Honeymoon to Nowhere," though it is quite different in tone than this. With mystery books, sometimes you find a book where the mystery is nothing to call your friends about, but where the atmosphere, characters, style and all that surrounds the mystery more than makes for it. This is one of this cases. Kenzo gets entangled with her From the very first sentence, the book is an in With mystery books, sometimes you find a book where the mystery is nothing to call your friends about, but where the atmosphere, characters, style and all that surrounds the mystery more than makes for it.
From the very first sentence, the book is an intriguing one, with a fantastic atmosphere that brings us back to post-Second World War Japan, a place of broken dreams, desperation and decadence. Takagi does an amazing job in creating a lurid, dark, fascinating environment, with shady, dark and mysterious characters. The depiction of Kinue's tattoo, for example, brings it to life, and it is easy to fall in love with Takagi's world. He is fantastic in reading people's feelings about the war and its consequences, and he has a good knack for human' psychology. The locked-room genre also appears in children's detective fiction, although the crime committed is usually less severe than murder.
One notable example would be Enid Blyton , who wrote several juvenile detective series, often featuring seemingly impossible crimes that her young amateur detectives set out to solve. The Hardy Boys novel While the Clock Ticked was originally about a locked and isolated room where a man seeks privacy, but receives mysterious threatening messages there. The messages are delivered by a mechanical device lowered into the room through a chimney. King Ottokar's Sceptre — is the only Tintin adventure that is a locked-room mystery.
No homicide is involved. The crime is the disappearance of the royal sceptre that is bound to have disastrous consequences for the king. The TV series Jonathan Creek has a particular 'speciality' for locked-room-murder style mysteries; Creek designs magic tricks for stage magicians, and is often called on to solve cases where the mystery is clearly how the crime was committed as the most important element, such as a man who allegedly shot himself in a sealed bunker when he had crippling arthritis in his hands, how a woman was shot in a sealed room with no gun and without the window being opened or broken, how a dead body could have vanished from a locked room when the only door was in full view of someone else, etc.
Pulp magazines in the s often contained impossible crime tales, dubbed weird menace , in which a series of supernatural or science-fiction type events is eventually explained rationally. Notable practitioners of the period were Fredric Brown , Paul Chadwick and, to a certain extent, Cornell Woolrich , although these writers tended to rarely use the Private Eye protagonists that many associate with pulp fiction. Quite a few comic book impossible crimes seem to draw on the " weird menace " tradition of the pulps.
However, celebrated writers such as G. In , Dashiell Hammett created the comic strip Secret Agent X9 , illustrated by Alex Raymond , which contained a locked-room episode, albeit a rather feeble one.
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