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The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (book)

  • Type: Novel
  • Length: 251 pages

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders is a 1981 "locked-room mystery" and the debut mystery novel of Japaneese author, Soji Shimada. In this locked-room murder, Heikichi Umezawa is the first victim in a four decade long mystery. Author Soji Shimada repeatedly lets the reader know that all the clues are there to solve the crimes. - AsNotedIn

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  • Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture "The Tokyo Zodiac Murders" is set in Kyoto, Japan.
  • Niigata, Japan "The Tokyo Zodiac Murders" is set in Yahiko, Niigata, Japan.
  • Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolis On a snowy evening in pre-war Japan, wealthy artist Heikichi Umezawa is finishing up his 12 Zodiak paintings, Showa period, 1936


Y/M/D Association Description Place Locale Food Event
1981/00/00 Soji Shimada Author "The Tokyo Zodiac Murders" is published.

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Particulars for The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (book):
Art Type Book a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.
Narrative Arts Fiction prose literature, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
Narrative Arts Locked Room Mystery crime is committed where it was seemingly impossible for the perpetrator to commit the crime in the course of getting in and out of the crime scene
Narrative Arts Murder the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another
Narrative Arts Mystery something not understood or beyond understanding
Narrative Arts Narrative an account of connected events
Art Type Novel long form fiction narrative that is at least 40,000 words in length
Narrative Arts Prose ordinary written language

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