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Murder in the Crooked House

Soji Shimada Louise Heal Kawai



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04 March 2019
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery; Fiction in translation
The Crooked House sits on a snowbound cliff overlooking icy seas at the remote northern tip of Japan. A curious place for the millionaire Kozaburo Hamamoto to build a house, but even more curious is the house itself - a disorienting maze of sloping floors and strangely situated staircases, full of bloodcurdling masks and uncanny lifesize dolls. When a man is found dead in one of the mansion's rooms, murdered in seemingly impossible circumstances, the police are called. But they are unable to solve the puzzle, and powerless to protect the party of house guests as more bizarre deaths follow. Enter Kiyoshi Mitarai, the renowned sleuth, famous for unmasking the culprit behind the notorious Umezawa family massacre. Surely if anyone can crack these cryptic murders he will. But you have all the clues too - can you solve the mystery of the murders in The Crooked House first?
By:   Soji Shimada
Translated by:   Louise Heal Kawai
Imprint:   vertigo
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781782274568
ISBN 10:   1782274561
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   04 March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in 1948 in Hiroshima prefecture, Soji Shimada has been dubbed the 'God of Mystery' by international audiences. A novelist, essayist and short-story writer, he made his literary debut in 1981 with The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, which was shortlisted for the Edogawa Rampo Prize. Blending classical detective fiction with grisly violence and elements of the occult, he has gone on to publish several highly acclaimed series of mystery fiction. He is the author of 100+ works in total. In 2009 Shimada received the prestigious Japan Mystery Literature Award in recognition of his life's work.

Reviews for Murder in the Crooked House

An inventive, page-turning comic-thriller... not only intellectually rewarding but also a hell of a lot of fun. -- The Japan Times Praise for The Tokyo Zodiac Murders The great Soji Shimada virtually invented the 'logic problem' sub-genre. - Guardian, Top 10 Locked Room Mysteries (No. 2) Ignites the mind -- Huffington Post If you like your crime stories to be bloody and bizarre, then this may be one for you... the solution is one of the most original that I've ever read -- Anthony Horowitz

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