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Death on Gokumon Island (Pushkin Vertigo) (Detective Kindaichi Mysteries): Seishi Yokomizo

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Initially I was just watching events unfold as Kindaichi explored the village and talked to its people, and then the murders began to occur with no real clue as to who the possible culprit might be.

The priest and temple are of greatest importance, the priest perhaps the most influential among the fisherfolk who operate on absolute faith, there only being ‘half an inch of plank between them and a watery grave’. This shared experience collapses the space between Kosuke and the people on Gokumon Island, allowing Kosuke to develop relationships and exhibit genuine empathy. Besides the novels on this list, has published many short stories in online magazines and journals, play scripts and the odd poem. There were certain things present here that mean I'm not giving it two stars like I did the last one, like a coherent structure, and the genuinely interesting insight we get into post-WWII Japan. Here's the thing of it: half of the women in the novel are dead by its end, almost all the rest are depicted as incompetent, addled, or driven mad by ambition.The first pages of the book include a beautiful, descriptive map of the island and a full list of members of the families and other supporting players. As Seishi Yokomizo is acknowledged as the King of Golden Age crime fiction in Japan, it’s no surprise that this proved an intricately plotted murder mystery. I love the pacing for each story and I like that, even when the killers have been revealed, you can't seem to blame them as well. The last-minute application of regret, even though I think the whole story's revoltingly misogynistic, does at least gesture at some sense of the trope's wrongness.

The cookie also tracks the behavior of the user across the web on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin. Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo, first published in 1971 is the fourth of Yokomizo’s mysteries to be published in translation by Pushkin Press under their Pushkin Vertigo imprint, from the series featuring his detective Kindaichi Kosuke, which has 77 books. Just as Chimata had warned, the three sisters of the ruling family are picked off one by one, in oddly staged scenes. Though there can be some fun in getting lost in the twisty, complicated details of a crime novel, Gokumon Island is keen to hand-hold, and the reader is better for it.

Due to the danger involved in the fishing trade, citizens of the island are extremely religious, bestowing the priest with a tremendous amount of power. The setting is a tiny, strange fishing land populated by the descendants of pirates and criminals exiled here in the Edo period. In a child they might have been deemed precocious, but as young adults such behaviour feels less acceptable.

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