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The Tokyo zodiac murders

Author: Sōji Shimada; Ross Mackenzie; Shika Mackenzie
Publisher: London : Pushkin Vertigo, 2015.
Series: Pushkin Vertigo, 2
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Manuscript   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Astrologer, fortuneteller, and self-styled detective Kiyoshi Mitarai must in one week solve a macabre murder mystery that has baffled Japan for 40 years. Who murdered the artist Umezawa, raped and killed his daughter, and then chopped up the bodies of six others to create Azoth, the supreme woman? With maps, charts, and other illustrations, this story of magic and illusion, pieced together like a great stage  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Sōji Shimada; Ross Mackenzie; Shika Mackenzie
ISBN: 1782271384 9781782271383
OCLC Number: 898909799
Notes: "A guardian top ten 'impossible murder' novel"--Cover
"First published in Japanese as Senseijutsu Satsujinjiken in 1981 by Kodansha Ltd."--Title page verso.
"First published in English in 2004 by IBC Publishing"--Title page verso.
Description: 316 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Cover; Title Page; CONTENTS; DRAMATIS PERSONAE; FOREWORD; PROLOGUE: Azoth; ACT ONE: The Unsolved Mystery, Forty Years On; SCENE 1: Footprints in the Snow; SCENE 2: The Twelfth Painting; SCENE 3: A Vase and a Mirror; SCENE 4: Poisoned Fruit Juice; SCENE 5: Latitude and Longitude; ENTR'ACTE: A Police Confession; ACT TWO: More Speculation; SCENE 1: A Little Magic; SCENE 2: A Rude Visit; ENTR'ACTE: Bacteria in the Bullet Train; ACT THREE: In Pursuit of Azoth; SCENE 1: Moves on the Chessboard; SCENE 2: A Profanity; SCENE 3: Crossing the Moon; SCENE 4: The Riverbank; SCENE 5: The Doll-maker SCENE 6: The MannequinSCENE 7: The Philosopher's Walk; ENTR'ACTE: Message from the Author; ACT FOUR: The Storm; SCENE 1: The Teahouse; SCENE 2: The Roll of the Dice; ENTR'ACTE: Another Message from the Author; ACT 5: Magic in the Mists of Time; SCENE 1: The Invisible Killer; SCENE 2: The Vanishing Point; SCENE 3: The Basic Structure; SCENE 4: A Knock on the Door; EPILOGUE: The Voice of Azoth; AVAILABLE AND COMING SOON FROM PUSHKIN VERTIGO; About the Publisher; Copyright
Series Title: Pushkin Vertigo, 2
Other Titles: Senseijutsu satsujinjiken.
Responsibility: Soji Shimada ; translated by Ross and Shika MacKenzie.

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A gripping tale of magic and illusion by Japan's master mystery storyteller.  Read more...

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Ignites the mind Huffington Post Shimada's novel is a classic of the popular Japanese honkaku or "authentic" subgenre of crime fiction, which prioritises tight plots and carefully scattered clues The Read more...

 
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