"Seishi Yokomizo took a pinch of John Dickson Carr and a dash of Agatha Christie in creating Kosuke Kindaichi, solver of impossible crimes... Kosukes arrival [on Gokumon Island] coincides with a string of bizarre and gruesome murders. As deaths mount, the quirky, endearing detective strings together the clues to solve this fiendish puzzle" --Sarah Weinman, The New York Times *One of the best mystery, thriller, and true crime books out in June* --Bookriot This fiendish mystery... will appeal to all lovers of the Golden Age of crime fiction --Pick of the Week, The Times and Sunday Times Crime Club A fascinating insight into Japanese culture and behaviour more than 70 years ago --Irish Independent An exceptional whodunit... The brilliant and intricate plot will keep readers turning the pages. Golden age fans will hope for more translations of this gifted author --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Seishi Yokomizo was the king of the locked-room mystery, and theres nothing more cut off than an island." --CrimeReads.com A succession of grotesque murders has the endearingly dishevelled Kindaichi forever scratching his head... exposing family rivalries and ancient superstitions which defy outside interference. The truth, when it emerges, is as bizarre as it is chilling --Daily Mail
Seishi Yokomizo (1902-81) was one of Japan's most famous and best-loved mystery writers. He was born in Kobe and spent his childhood reading detective stories, before beginning to write stories of his own, the first of which was published in 1921. He went on to become an extremely prolific and popular author, best known for his Kosuke Kindaichi series, which ran to 77 books, many of which were adapted for stage and television in Japan. Gokumon Island is one of Seishi Yokomizo's most highly regarded mysteries. The Honjin Murders, The Inugami Curse and The Village of Eight Graves are also available from Pushkin Vertigo. Louise Heal Kawai grew up in Manchester, UK, but Japan has been her home since 1990. She previously translated Seishi Yokomizo's The Honjin Murders, Soji Shimada's Murder in the Crooked House and Mieko Kawakami's Ms Ice Sandwich for Pushkin Press. Her other translations include Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama and Sosuke Natsukawa's The Cat Who Saved Books.