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Death on Gokumon Island (Pushkin Vertigo) (Detective Kindaichi Mysteries): Seishi Yokomizo

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The cookie also tracks the behavior of the user across the web on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. This plot point feels like an indictment of the power bestowed upon religious leaders within small communities and the ease with which they can exploit that blind trust. The solution strongly relies on backstory which is disclosed at the 11th hour, which was another aspect I was less keen on. However, thankfully overall I would say this book suffers from it less than The Decagon House Murders, although I must confess that my mind did glaze over when one of the murder methods is explored by the sleuth. There were certain things present here that mean I'm not giving it two stars like I did the last one, like a coherent structure, and the genuinely interesting insight we get into post-WWII Japan.

But as he investigates, Kindaichi uncovers a shocking truth — the islanders are descended from pirates and criminals, and their dark past may be the key to unlocking the killer’s identity. I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via EdelweissPlus; the opinions are my own. Without giving away much, this murder mystery is a mixed bag, deaths start too late but once they to they don't stop, so not a lot of time for user to form suspicions.With danger lurking around every corner, Kindaichi must race against time to protect the innocent, all while trying to unravel the sinister secrets of Gokumon Island before it’s too late.

Seishi Yokomizo took a pinch of John Dickson Carr and a dash of Agatha Christie in creating Kosuke Kindaichi, solver of impossible crimes. But that said, the fact that some of the conversation sounded very casual as against the usual formality of language one associates with Japan, felt a bit surprising, and I wondered if this was the case in the original books. Yokomizo was attracted to the literary genre of historical fiction, especially that of the historical detective novel. It was originally published in Japan in 1947/48 and this first English edition was translated from the Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai. Chimata, with his dying breath, urged Kosuke to visit the island himself and told him that his three sisters are now in mortal danger.As it was, that crucial step now, with their deaths accomplished, the detective suffers agonies of self-reproach. We are experiencing delays with deliveries to many countries, but in most cases local services have now resumed. It's a scene from the 1970s movie version of one of Detective Kindaichi's series: The Demon's Nursery.

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