Kosuke Kindaichi arrives on the remote Gokumon Island bearing tragic news - the son of one of the island's most important families has died, on a troop transport ship bringing him back home after the Second World War. But Kindaichi has not come merely as a messenger - with his last words, the dying man warned that his three step-sisters' lives would now be in danger. The scruffy detective is determined to get to the bottom of this mysterious prophecy, and to protect the three women if he can.
As Kosuke Kindaichi attempts to unravel the island's secrets, a series of gruesome murders begins. He investigates, but soon finds himself in mortal danger from both the unknown killer and the clannish locals, who resent this outsider meddling in their affairs.
Loosely inspired by Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, the fiendish Death on Gokumon Island is perhaps the most highly regarded of all the great Seishi Yokomizo's classic Japanese mysteries.
About the Author
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.
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Praise for Seishi Yokomizo's classic mysteries: ? .
With a reputation in Japan to rival Agatha Christie's, the master of ingenious plotting is finally on the case for anglophone readers ? Guardian
Readers will delight in the blind turns, red herrings and dubious alibis... Ingenious and compelling ? Economist
This is Golden Age crime at its best, complete with red herrings, blind alleys and twists and turns galore... A testament to the power of the simple murder mystery and its enduring appeal ? Spectator
Plenty of golden age ingredients... with a truly ingenious solution ? Guardian, Best New Crime Novels
A classic murder mystery Comparisons with Holmes are justified, both in the character of Kindaichi and Yokomizo's approach to storytelling mixing clues, red herrings and fascinating social insight before drawing back the curtain to reveal the truth ? Japan Times
At once familiar and tantalisingly strange... It's an absolute pleasure to see his work translated at last in these beautifully produced English editions ? Sunday Times
Has a touch of Agatha Christie but with so much added spice. There are plenty of twists, red herrings, and suspects in this monkey puzzle of a story. Japan has a wonderful history of crime writing, and Yokomizo is one of their finest authors ? NB Magazine
The diabolically twisted plotting is top-notch ? New York Times
Another legendary Yokomizo book... A campy and delightful detective novel ? Books and Bao
A gory tale of family greed, honour, revenge and loyalty with plenty of red herrings. Full of action and with a detective like no other ? Live and Deadly
A delightfully entertaining locked room murder mystery... There are plenty of twists, red herrings, and suspects in this monkey puzzle of a story... An ideal book to curl up with on a winter's night ? NB Magazine
Atmospheric, exciting and knotty whodunits. The covers alone are enough to get any fan of the genre salivating ? Japan Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.