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

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The Honjin Murders, The Inugami Curse and The Village of Eight Graves are also available from Pushkin Vertigo. Y la verdad, no me decepcionó para nada, la historia está buenísima y recién al final uno vislumbra quién es el asesino pero la revelación final tiene varios giros sorprendentes que lo hacen un gran libro de misterio. But things aren't as easy as it seems with the residents of the island being wary of outsiders like Kindaichi.

War in the narrative is not glamourised and instead WW2 is regarded as ‘ridiculous’ and a greater focus is put on the devastating effect the conflict has had on the landscape as well as the people. The translation can't have been easy, with haikus and a muttered comment about something being out of reason playing an important role in the story. It allows English-language readers a view into another country’s literary DNA, and inevitably illuminates other translated genre work from the same country. I loved the pacing in Gokumon Island, and the end of the book makes you icky in a sense that doesn't sit by right with you.

The cookie is set by Facebook to show relevant advertisments to the users and measure and improve the advertisements. The explanation of the crime also includes conversations which take place with witnesses off the page. It was common for cliffs to rise straight up from the very shorelines, and Gokumon Island was one of the most extreme examples. It drops its passengers until there are only three left, all heading for a small island, Gokumon-to, which translates to Hell's Gate Island.

It's a scene from the 1970s movie version of one of Detective Kindaichi's series: The Demon's Nursery. Another classic Japanese murder mystery with Kosuke who reminds me a lot of TV detective Columbo is that he is always described as scruffy and those people who are guilty are derisive of his keen mind. While this is a slower paced (particularly at the start) and not-very action packed read, it is also one steeped in place and culture, with an engrossing mystery at its centre the solution to which I didn’t see coming at all, and which I found quite a treat to read.

In the prologue, this is used as a way to explain why it is so difficult for an outsider to solve a crime on the island: the islanders are fiercely protective of their own. Seishi Yokomizo took a pinch of John Dickson Carr and a dash of Agatha Christie in creating Kosuke Kindaichi, solver of impossible crimes. The family we met in this book are some of the interesting characters yet they were not completely fleshed out which kind of disappointed me a bit because I would love to know them more especially Sanae, however for the book, I kind of understand why. For more details, please consult the latest information provided by Royal Mail's International Incident Bulletin. Giving you these details will make you understand more of this place and their cultures and what it means in the crime that happened.

In 2022 she translated the international bestseller The Cat Who Saved Books, and in 2023 Hideo Yokoyama's The North Light.

Diré que creo que la atmósfera está más conseguida que en "El pueblo de las ocho tumbas", del mismo autor, con esa isla alejada de todo el mundo, poblada por descendientes de piratas y gente de mala reputación (según la cultura nipona), que desconfían de todo el mundo y están sometidos al típico cuarteto de poder: el terrateniente (en este caso armador), el alcalde, el médico y el sacerdote (budista), como si fuera una pueblo en la España franquista de los 50. I was actually becoming a bit frustrated partway through because the story becomes more than a bit muddled and clunky at times; to be fair to the author, he does toss out clues here and there but they are on the impossible side of figuring out until all is revealed and things fall into place. This is Golden Age crime at its best, complete with red herrings, blind alleys and twists and turns galore. Others in the family are Chimata-san’s father, suffering mental illness and kept locked away within the home, his three step sisters—in their teens—Tsukio, Yukie, and Hanako, Hitoshi’s sister Sanae who has been running the fishing business while the men are at war, and Okatsu, former mistress of Chimata-san’s grandfather.

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