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06 February 2024
One of the classic works by the master of Japanese detective fiction

A super-criminal - as deadly as she is beautiful - wagers all in an epic battle with a master detective, Akechi Kogoro. No trick is too elaborate, no disguise too fantastic as the two perfectly matched antagonists take turns to outwit each other.
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Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   134g
ISBN:   9780241645826
ISBN 10:   0241645824
Series:   Penguin Modern Classics – Crime & Espionage
Pages:   192
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Edogawa Rampo was the pseudonym of Taro Hirai (1894-1965), generally viewed as the greatest of all Japanese suspense and mystery authors. He was a prolific novelist and short story writer. Much influenced by writers such as Conan Doyle, Chesterton and Wells, his pseudonym is a Japanese transliteration of Edgar Allen Poe's name. Many of his works have been made into films. Perhaps his most famous stories outside Japan are 'The Caterpillar' and 'The Human Chair'. Ian Hughes lived for many years in Japan, working first as an English teacher in the countryside before moving to Tokyo and becoming a professional translator. His fiction translations include Beast in the Shadows, another Edogawa Rampo classic.

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