The Inugami Curse
A fiendish classic murder mystery, from one of Japan's greatest crime writers
In 1940s Japan, the wealthy head of the Inugami Clan dies, and his family eagerly await the reading of the will. But no sooner are its strange details revealed than a series of bizarre, gruesome murders begins. Detective Kindaichi must unravel the clan's terrible secrets of forbidden liaisons,...more
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I don't read a lot of Japanese literature, but that doesn't mean I'm not a fan of it!
This book doesn't have the almost detached quality that other Japanese detective stories I've read have. This book (after a slow start)is lively, it is dramatic, with a large cast of characters that I found easy to keep track of.
And most of these characters don't have any trouble speaking their mind.
"Detective you have...more
Here's the outline of the story: In the 1940s Japan, the wealthy patriarch of the Inugami Clan died due to old age, but the old man left behind a highly unusual or even bizarre last ...more
It’s considered a classic of Japanese detective literature.
As should be obvious to anyone who read my review of The Honjin Murders, the first Kosuke Kindaichi novel, and the first Pushkin Press translation, I’m a lover of Japanese detective manga and anime. Reading this book, ...more
This is the second book I have read by this author. There are many books ...more
updated: We watched the 1976 (the original ) version of this film last night, and with only a few changes here and there, it was pretty true to the book. It was also creepy, as I would have expected. I think I'll pass on the 2006 remake, since this one was so good.
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I've long believed that Japanese crime novels (especially the older ones) are sort of in a class unto themselves and in truth take some getting used to, but as someone who' ...more
This was written in 1950 and sometimes it is quite obvious. It's set in 1945 and has the feel of an older mystery, in many ways you could compare it to Agatha Christie with its complexity, formality, and eccentric d ...more
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The translation was a little weird. We identify koto as "zithers" but then it's important that we identify zithers as "koto" ... and we just use both. And there was a chapter where everyone kept being on a "berm". I mean, what's a berm? ...more
I had not heard of Seishi Yokomizo before, although he is a famous Japanese mystery writer. The Inugami Curse had all the features you have come to expect from mystery novels from that particular era.
There is a rich but strange family, the patriarch recently deceased. Upon reading of the will, family members start dropping like flies and many secrets are uncovered. Into this, the main character, a somewhat strange private detective is ...more
Having not previously heard of Seishi Yokomizo, I relied on my faith in the quality of work published by Pushkin Vertigo when choosing to download a review copy of The Inugami Curse from NetGalley and I am glad to say that I wasn't at all disappointed! The character of independent sleuth Kosuke Kindaichi was great fun to read about and made a refreshing change from the norm. He's not a divorced alcoholic, but does have suitably quirky persona ...more
Actually, I suppose The Inugami Clan could be argued to be a more "conservative" book than The Honjin Murde ...more
The simplest comparison is Agatha Christie, and though not as strong a character as Poirot, Kindaichi is a pleasant detective to follow along with, trying to find answers before the next murder occurs.
A lovely Sunday afternoon read for the sunny days, whether we choose to stay home, or are forced to do so.
I have read another book by this author previously but I didn't like this one as much. I think because this one was significantly longer, I did find it a challenge to read.
I think one of the main issues, I have with reading these Japanese murder mysteries, is I struggle with the names of the characters. There was a lot in this book. All of which I found hard to pronounce and therefore, they kind of all blend into each other and it can be hard to dis ...more
Available August 25th 2020
Japanese noir fiction is a brand of its own and Seishi Yokomizo is its respected master as he proves in The Inugami Curse. Set against the gorgeous lakes and forests of Nasu, Japan, this is one hell of a murder mystery. When Sahei Inugami passes away, he leaves his vast inheritance to Tamayo and gives her three months to marry one of his three grandsons. As grief and murder follows the cursed Inug ...more
About the book, I would say it has so many components, family drama, intrigue, a complicated will with a lot of cleverly written clauses and conditions, tensions between family members, loyalty, love and overall, great entertainment value. This book is definitely a page turner and doesn't drag at any point. Although I am loathe ...more
I know lots of people like to snuggle up with holiday-themed romances or cosy mysteries at this time of year, and usually I don't have any recommendations for this type of book... BUT. Now I do! I read The Inugami Curse by Seishi Yokomizo, translated by Yumiko Yamakazi, a couple of Saturdays ago and it was such a great read! I don't read that many straight-up mystery novels, so I really enjoyed trying (and failing) to puzzle out the mystery, catch cl ...more
Seishi Yokomizo’s books are from the bygone era of golden age detective novels, where everyone has a motive and, the case becomes a labyrinth. The narration is descriptive and portrays the 1900s Japan and its cultural implications.
Kindaichi teams up with the local police who are more than happy tha ...more
Yokomizo was born in the city of Kobe, Hyōgo (兵庫県 神戸市). He read detective stories as a boy and in 1921, while employed by the Daiichi Bank, published his first story in the popular magazine "Shin Seinen" (新青年[New Youth]). He graduated from Osaka Pharmaceutical College (currently part of Osaka University) with a degree in pharmacy, and in ...more