Monday, August 15, 2005
Library Journal, August 2005:
"Shimada, a designer, musician, and prolific writer, delivers a complicated mystery revolving around a series of gruesome Tokyo killings unsolved for 40 years. Kiyoshi Mitarai, a private detective and astrologer, investigates the last written testament of reclusive artist Heikichi Umezawa, who was found dead in his studio one snowy night in 1936. In a bizarre and grotesque quest for absolute beauty, Umezawa had raped and killed his eldest daughter and dismembered his other daughters and nieces to create Azoth, the supreme woman. But where is his creation? With only a week to solve the crime, Detective Mitarai and his curious artist cohort begin dissecting the murders, the police investigation, and the suspects. As they chase down leads and look for missing witnesses, the pieces come together and then fall apart again and again. Nominated for the Edogawa Rampo Award and a best seller in Japan, this is an intriguing, well-crafted mystery with charts and crime scene maps to ponder over. Recommended for libraries with a large mystery following." -Ron Samul, New London, CT
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