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Ellery Queen's Japanese Golden Dozen: The Detective Story World in Japan

Charles E Tuttle

ISBN 10: 4805304391 / ISBN 13: 9784805304396
Published by Charles E Tuttle, 1982
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Ellery Queen's Japanese Golden Dozen: The ...

Publisher: Charles E Tuttle

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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Here, says Ellery Queen, is "detection of all types - deductive, intuitional, and procedural - ranging from theft and poisoning to black-mail and murder. You'll meet a variety of crime investigators, both official and amateur, including legal, journalist, and scientific detectives, in locales as different as a police inquest, a barber shop, a hospital, and a luxurious hotel. You'll find in the diverse styles humor and horror, in the diverse plots 'vampires' and villains - hours of excitement and escape, of suspense and suspension of disbelief, days of entertainment and adventure, and weeks of afterthoughts about the serious problems of modern living." In other words, here are a dozen first-rate mysteries, sure to delight and befuddle the devotee. But this is not just a superb collection; it is also a cultural breakthrough. Carefully compiled by Ellery Queen from more than 2,500 detective-crime stories published in Japan since 1970, this book presents the finest contemporary Japanese mystery writers and virtually doubles the number of Japanese detective stories available in English. It is the first major attempt to introduce mystery writers and readers throughout the world to a completely new and provocative collection of styles, motives, and victims. But why a Japanese Golden Dozen? Malice and murder are inescapably international. It is perhaps only the motives that differ from East to West. Many of the stories in this book explore a criminal psychology that is uniquely Japanese. Here we have crimes provoked by shame or pride, by an avenging or sacrificial spirit, by fierce loyalty or fear of betrayal - exactly those states of mind that have dominated and marked the Japanese psyche since the days of the samurai. Readers will note, too, the preponderance of suicide in this book. A curious theme, until one realizes that suicide in Japan is still a conscionable, well-worn path to Paradise. For a few, though, it is the perfect cover-up, or so they think.

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