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The Inugami Clan is probably one of Japanese detective novelist Seishi Yokomizo s most famous and widely adored detective novels, the novel has been adapted into movies for at least twice the first time done masterfully, but the second time of the adaptation was done horribly, by the same director Irony, the irony.Here s the outline of the story In the 1940s Japan, the wealthy patriarch of the Inugami Clan died due to old age, but the old man left behind a highly unusual or even bizarre last The Inugami Clan is probably one of Japanese detective novelist Seishi Yokomizo s most famous and widely adored detective novels, the novel has been adapted into movies for at least twice the first time done masterfully, but the second time of the adaptation was done horribly, by the same director Irony, the irony.Here s the outline of the story In the 1940s Japan, the wealthy patriarch of the Inugami Clan died due to old age, but the old man left behind a highly unusual or even bizarre last will In his last will, the head of the Inugami Clan revealed the new heir to be no other than an orphaned young woman who was adopted into the family her late grandfather was the old man s best friend and benefactor , instead of one of the old man s own flesh and blood e.g his daughters or grandsons.Also according to the last will, the beautiful young orphan must in turn decide who would become the next family leader by marrying a man from the Inugami direct bloodline one of the late patriarch s three grandsons Shortly after the will was announced, members of the Inugami Clan were being murdered one by one, and Detective Kindaichi must step in to investigate Once you open the book, you are in for a bloodcurdling, horrifying but intriguing ride through the many secrets of the Inugami Clan Inugami means god of dogs in Japanese and yes, it s a family name Reading this book may give you the feeling of reading a Gothic horror novel The murder mystery is masterfully crafted and revealed by the novelist and don t forget the murderer s many creative and strangely beautiful methods of killing the victims , and before we reach the ending, there re many schemes, deadly secrets, human dramas, love hate relationships among family members, conflicts and romance waiting for us to discover To sum up, I think this book is a finely written detective novel with a lot of good dramas and high value of entertainment Although it may not be Yokomizo s best of the best masterpiece most people think Hell Gate Isle is his best works , still it clearly is an outstanding and unforgettable novel The Inugami Curse 1951 , by Yokomizo Seishi 1902 1981 , is the tenth story featuring detective Kosuke Kindaichi, and the second one to be published in English by Pushkin Press It has been translated by Yamasaki Yumiko It s considered a classic of Japanese detective literature As should be obvious to anyone who read my review of The Honjin Murders, the first Kosuke Kindaichi novel, and the first Pushkin Press translation, I m a lover of Japanese detective manga and anime Reading this book, The Inugami Curse 1951 , by Yokomizo Seishi 1902 1981 , is the tenth story featuring detective Kosuke Kindaichi, and the second one to be published in English by Pushkin Press It has been translated by Yamasaki Yumiko It s considered a classic of Japanese detective literature As should be obvious to anyone who read my review of The Honjin Murders, the first Kosuke Kindaichi novel, and the first Pushkin Press translation, I m a lover of Japanese detective manga and anime Reading this book, I couldn t help to have in mind Aoyama Gosho s Metantei Conan Detective Conan Case Closed in the US Yokomizo Seishi s influence on Aoyama Gosho is unmistakable If The Honjin Murders was a classic closed room murder mystery, The Inugami Curse is another fixture of that contemporary series serial mysterious murders in a remote mansion Sahei Inugami, head of a textile empire, dies from old age His family, daughters of illegitimate mistresses, their husbands, children, for whom he only had disdain, and Tamayo, an orphan he adopted and raised as a daughter, are waiting for the return of one of the cousins from the war for the reading of the will Meanwhile, an employee of the lawyer trusted with said will contacts Kosuke Kindaichi, as he thinks a blood bath is in the making This man is promptly killed Then, his prediction comes true as, once the convoluted will is read, it appears Sahei Inugami wrote it purely to incite hate and violence among his kin It doesn t take long for a second body to drop, and the local police, with the help of Kosuke Kindaichi, race against time to try and stop the curse unleashed on the Inugami family by its deceased patriarch The book is still narrated by the author after the fact, and some dreadful hints often let us expect the next bloody event, adding to the tension The author also now and then provides the reader with family trees, and summaries of clues and events, to help following along The mystery is complex The family heirlooms, keys to inheriting the whole Inugami empire, are at the center of it Clues abound and, all along the book, it seems solving the mystery is in our reach, but we can t manage to put all the puzzle pieces quite in place Nor does Kindaichi, at first anywayKosuke Kindaichi is equal to himself By now, he has acquired quite a reputation, and the police gladly accepts his help, and the mannerisms coming with the character Indeed, disheveled, easily excited when provided with a new clue, happily scratching his head when deep in thought, and exhilarated when he begins to understand how the events unfolded, Kosuke Kindaichi is quite a peculiar detective His enthusiasm carries to the reader The final deductive logic storm is a delight to witness I sure hope the publisher intends to pursue their work translatingof this series Review of book one to Pushkin Press and Edelweiss for the ARC provided in exchange for this unbiased review 3.5 Net Galley Pushkin Press gave me a copy of this book to review Thank you very much I don t read a lot of Japanese literature, but that doesn t mean I m not a fan of it This book doesn t have the almost detached quality that other Japanese detective stories I ve read have This book after a slow start is lively, it is dramatic, with a large cast of characters that I found easy to keep track of.And most of these characters don t have any trouble speaking their mindDetective you have3.5 Net Galley Pushkin Press gave me a copy of this book to review Thank you very much I don t read a lot of Japanese literature, but that doesn t mean I m not a fan of it This book doesn t have the almost detached quality that other Japanese detective stories I ve read have This book after a slow start is lively, it is dramatic, with a large cast of characters that I found easy to keep track of.And most of these characters don t have any trouble speaking their mindDetective you have to arrest her You have to arrest her and put her to death Not just the regular death penalty that s not good enough for her I want her to hang by her heels, rip her to shreds, burn her till she s black, and pull out her hair, strand by strandUm it is fair to say that the Inugami family are not close.But they are vivid.I was finding the book a real page turner I thought I had guessed the murderer and in part I had but I still wanted to find out exact methods This book was a 4 read until the end Most drawn out and in the end boring ending since I read Dinner at Antoine s Common fault in twentieth century detective stories I believe this book was originally serialised in a magazine, so Yokomizo was probably trying to make sure that the readers hadn t forgotten important plot points Sahei Inugami had a rags to riches story and ultimately became the Silk King of Japan He also had a very messy personal life with three simultaneous mistresses, three unloved daughters, three equally unloved grandsons and a beloved ward Upon his death at the end of World War II he left a will designed to cause maximum chaos his death set in motion the blood soaked series of events that later befell the Inugami clan This is the second book I have read by this author There are many books Sahei Inugami had a rags to riches story and ultimately became the Silk King of Japan He also had a very messy personal life with three simultaneous mistresses, three unloved daughters, three equally unloved grandsons and a beloved ward Upon his death at the end of World War II he left a will designed to cause maximum chaos his death set in motion the blood soaked series of events that later befell the Inugami clan This is the second book I have read by this author There are many books in this series and the author is very popular in Japan Most of the books do not appear to have been translated into English or at least they are currently unavailable That s a shame because I found these mysteries very enjoyable and I am fond of the young private detective Kosuke Kindaichi He s shabbily dressed and stuttering with a mop of unruly hair that he messes with when he zeroes in on a new clue He s inscrutable with a remarkable facility for reasoning and deduction The author helped me write my review when he referred to the extremely convoluted case of the Inugami clan This book was very Agatha Christie like, including having late revelations of previously secret relationships If you like old, classic mysteries you should try this series I received a free copy of this book from the publisher Entertaining and quite warped detective novel set in post war Japan with a vile family fighting over an inheritance, and one of them setting out to murder the rest It s a very well constructed mystery in a completely implausible way it s always a bit of a bad sign when the detective is remarking well, that was a bizarre series of coincidences but, you know, murder mystery, go with it Reasonable translation for the most part NB there s a rather homophobic thread within the plot. high 4supdated We watched the 1976 the original version of this film last night, and with only a few changes here and there, it was pretty true to the book It was also creepy, as I would have expected I think I ll pass on the 2006 remake, since this one was so good full post here ve long believed that Japanese crime novels especially the older ones are sort of in a class unto themselves and in truth take some getting used to, but as someone who high 4supdated We watched the 1976 the original version of this film last night, and with only a few changes here and there, it was pretty true to the book It was also creepy, as I would have expected I think I ll pass on the 2006 remake, since this one was so good full post here ve long believed that Japanese crime novels especially the older ones are sort of in a class unto themselves and in truth take some getting used to, but as someone who s been reading them forever, this is a good one The death of family patriarch and businessman Sahei Inugami results in an unexpected will that, as the back cover blurb reveals, pits the members of that family against each other in a desperate contest for his fortune, and begins a series of some rather nasty deaths But this is not just another murder mystery, not even close My issues with this novel were not so much with plot which I thought was very nicely concocted , but with Yokomizo s penchant for leaning toward the melodramatic and downright cheesy in his word choice writing style, and then there are his descriptions of certain characters that became repetitive over time to the point where they tended to grate on my inner ear All the same, I had great fun with this novel and ended up liking it very much, despite the fact that it was not too difficult to figure out the who behind it all While that s an issue with me most of the time, it bothered me less with this book because it s not just the identity of villain that matters, since there is so muchgoing on here that completely sucked me into the mysteries at hand Parts of the plot are seriously demented and even horrific, making it much darker than many Japanese mystery novels I ve read, taking it out of the realm of Agatha Christie where so many readers have placed it and into much darker territory, where as a mystery reader I feel most at home I would certainly recommend The Inugami Clan , most especially to readers who have some familiarity with older Japanese crime novels Absolutely loved it Fun, drama filled, usual tropes in a golden mystery novel but so satisfying There s a dark, menacing aura of rage and tragic inevitability in this whodunit that sets this book apart from the mundane familial dysfunctions that I ve encountered in a lot of novels It is not all that surprising though as the stakes here are much higher, with the monstrous wealth, influence, and prestige of the Inugami premiership on the line Therefore it is just fitting that this fetid swamp will harbor a ruthless monster that shall in time impose its will on the benighted family, fulfill There s a dark, menacing aura of rage and tragic inevitability in this whodunit that sets this book apart from the mundane familial dysfunctions that I ve encountered in a lot of novels It is not all that surprising though as the stakes here are much higher, with the monstrous wealth, influence, and prestige of the Inugami premiership on the line Therefore it is just fitting that this fetid swamp will harbor a ruthless monster that shall in time impose its will on the benighted family, fulfilling the curse that hangs over its head And what a magnificent creature it is I guess it s true under malign duress the pure alloy of the gentlest, most selfless love can be honed into a weapon of malice and murder.My only concern is that a lot of the significant events here stem from coincidences, which in mystery novels is a big no no for me Also, our dear detective and his colleagues often have exaggerated expressions I don t think Poirot will ever croak and jump like a frog using Yokomizo s own metaphor when he sees the severed head of a victim toppling down a grisly mise en scene I guess I m a bit partial to unflappable sleuths like Holmes, Wolfe, etc but maybe I ll get used to Kindaichi s quirks when I get to readof him I do hope that Pushkin Vertigo will continue to releaseof his cases with 70 mysteries there s bound to be a handful that s truly exceptional.This is one memorably atmospheric book that is a must read if you re a mystery fan I am rating this 8 10 or 4 stars out of 5 (READ PDF) ⚣ The Inugami Clan ⚠ In s Japan, the wealthy head of the Inugami Clan dies, setting off a chain of bizarre, gruesome murders Detective Kindaichi must unravel the clan s terrible secrets of forbidden liaisons, monstrous cruelty, and disguised identities to find the murdererSeishi Yokomizo is Japan s most popular mystery writer His novels have been made into numerous movies and television dramas in Japan Disappointing It was about as bad as your average Agatha Christie why s everyone sitting around waiting to be murdered The translation was a little weird We identify koto as zithers but then it s important that we identify zithers as koto and we just use both And there was a chapter where everyone kept being on a berm I mean, what s a berm Disappointing It was about as bad as your average Agatha Christie why s everyone sitting around waiting to be murdered The translation was a little weird We identify koto as zithers but then it s important that we identify zithers as koto and we just use both And there was a chapter where everyone kept being on a berm I mean, what s a berm