Takagi, Akimitsu THE TATTOO MURDER CASE
Soho Crime 2003 1569471568 / 9781569471562 Paperback Like New
If you read mysteries for insights into other cultures and different period s, this excellent translation of the first novel by Akimitsu Takagi, who be came one of Japan's leading crime writers, is an eye-opener. In 1947 Toyko, the limbs of a murdered woman are discovered in a locked bathroom. Her tor so--covered with intricately beautiful tattoos by her late father, a highly controversial artist--is missing. A doctor finds the body, and his detecti ve brother is put in charge of the case. They bumble around until the docto r's friend, jokingly called "Boy Genius," leads them to the murderer. Fans of golden-age mysteries by S. S. Van Dine and John Dickson Carr should enjo y this unusual combination of ingredients. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.