Miss Kinue Nomura survived World War II only to be murdered in Tokyo, her severed limbs left behind. Gone is that part of her that bore one of the most beautiful full-body tattoos ever rendered by her late father. Kenzo Matsushita, a young doctor, must assist his detective brother who is in charge of the case, because he was Kinue's secret lover and the first person on the murder scene.
I found this story to be satisfactory as a detective story, and much appreciated for its historical window. It's an older novel, written in immediate post-war Japan, and the author reveals interesting details regarding the events of the era. The story takes place among the tattooed subculture, and it was intriguing to read a somewhat nuanced interpretation of that milieu. (By that I mean there are good characters with tattoos and bad characters with tattoos - the tattoos are more than simply a signifier of an antisocial character.) There are some fetishistic assertions about the tattooed that are probably not true (are we colder to the touch? I don't think so!) but overall it was a fascinating peek into that time and place.
The plot is a bit farfetched but original. I think readers who like pulp detective stories, history, or Japanese culture will enjoy this book. (The narrator gets only two stars - half of the Japanese words are pronounced correctly, half quite mangled.)
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What did you love best about The Tattoo Murder Case?
The story and book itself was an amazing read if you like detective novels and Japanese literature.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tattoo Murder Case?
*SPOILER* The reveal of Kinue's body actually being that of her sister's.
What didn’t you like about Mark Douglas Nelson’s performance?
It was rather monotonous and was not lively at all. Even if it's an edge-of-your-seat plot reveal, he can put you to sleep. He pronounces words well, and speaks at a relatively good pace, but he bores me.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Horror, Mystery, and a Curse all in a locked room.
Any additional comments?
If this reader doesn't really bore you, this audio book is strongly recommended. Otherwise, you may need to read it in paper form. The book itself is complete gold.
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