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Ellery Queen's Japanese Golden Dozen: The Detective Story World in Japan

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Unknown Binding, 288 pages
Published May 1st 1978 by Charles E. Tuttle Company (first published 1978)
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Patrick Sherriff
A very good selection of detective stories by a dozen Japanese writers active in the '60s and '70s. What's interesting is the oh-so-Japanese concerns of the stories -- seeking justice for wronged businessmen, suicide notes with doctored kanji characters, vampires with a taste for different blood types, murderous primary school children and a gang of brand-conscious murderesses. The situations are distinctly Japanese, the writing is engaging, with twists and dark humour in abundance.
Gerald Kinro
As the title says, this is an anthology of 12 short stories by leading Japanese mystery writers. Of the 12, there were only three stories that I just could not get into. The rest went from fairly good to very good, a mixed bag. Those that I did not like were all narrative, sans scenes of movement or dialog with no action. Overall, I liked it.
Quite a few different authors, with a lot of unique ideas. Some were better than others, some were more detail-oriented than others, which I think is important in the genre, but all were interesting.
I have to thank Ellery Queen for compiling this collection. Anyone new to Japanese detective fiction should check this out. It would be a perfect introduction.
My favourite one is Nishimura Kyotaro's "The Kindly Blackmailer". But Togawa Masako is also very good, though quite different.
Sep 06, 2007 Loida rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: friends
a lot about daily life routine of the middle class; how the japanese have adapted the genre of western detective stories
How many cats are there in the cover?
The stories are ok, nothing stands out.
This collection is English but the goodreads title is in Japanese - huh?
Wens Tan
A selection of interesting crimes, with a distinctly Japanese feel.
Four stars for the presence of Tsutsui and Matsumoto alone.
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