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The Honjin Murders


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Seishi Yokomizo (1902-81) was one of Japan's most famous and best-loved mystery writers. He was born in Kobe and spent his childhood reading detective stories, before beginning to write stories of his own, the first of which was published in 1921. He went on to become an extremely prolific and popular author, best known for his Kosuke Kindaichi series, which ran to 77 books, selling more than 55 million copies and spawning many stage and television adaptations. The Honjin Murders is the first Kosuke Kindaichi story, and regarded as one of Japan's great mystery novels. It won the first Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1948 but has never been translated into English, until now. Seishi Yokomizo's The Inugami Curse is also available from Pushkin Vertigo, while Gokumon Island and The Village of Eight Graves are forthcoming.


'Plenty of golden age ingredients... with a truly ingenious solution' - Guardian, Best New Crime Fiction

'Readers will delight in the blind turns, red herrings and dubious alibis... Ingenious and compelling' - Economist

'At once familiar and tantalisingly strange... It's an absolute pleasure to see his work translated at last in these beautifully produced English editions' - Sunday Times

'A classic murder mystery... Comparisons with Holmes are justified, both in the character of Kindaichi and Yokomizo's approach to storytelling - mixing clues, red herrings and fascinating social insight before drawing back the curtain to reveal the truth' - Japan Times

'The perfect read for this time of year. Short and compelling, it will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie looking for a new case to break' - Irish Times

'The premise alone is dazzling [and] the solution to this mystery came as a complete surprise - exactly what I asked for' - New York Times

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