The Decagon House Murders

The Decagon House Murders

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Students from a university mystery club decide to visit an island which was the site of a grisly multiple murder the year before. Predictably, they get picked off one by one by an unseen murderer. Is there a madman on the loose? What connection is there to the earlier murders? The answer is a bombshell revelation which few readers will see coming.The Decagon House Murders is a milestone in the history of detective fiction. Published in 1987, it is credited with launching the shinhonkaku movement which restored Golden Age style plotting and fair-play clues to the Japanese mystery scene, which had been dominated by the social school of mystery for several decades. It is also said to have influenced the development of the wildly popular anime movement.This, the first English edition, contains a lengthy introduction by the maestro of Japanese mystery fiction, Soji Shimada.Locked Room International discovers and publishes impossible crime masterpieces from all over the world
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform],, [2015]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781508503736
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Ayatsuji 2015
Characteristics: 228 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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fineplan Dec 01, 2016

Clever and fascinating. I'm hoping the rest of the series is translated into English as well.

Mar 22, 2016

This Japanese mystery is a twist on Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None". Students from a university mystery club decide to visit an isolated island (Tsunojima) which was the scene of a multiple murder/suicide just a year earlier. One by one, the students are murdered - leaving the survivors more and more suspicious of their friends. Is the murderer one of the students, or is there someone still on the island who is related to the earlier murders?

This mystery novel has been translated from the original Japanese; this causes the writing style to be a bit choppy. I found the novel interesting and not at all predictable. If you like puzzles, you will enjoy this book.


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