The Tattoo Murder Case

The Tattoo Murder Case

Book - 1998
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Random House, Inc.
Miss Kinue Nomura survived World War II only to be murdered in Tokyo, her severed limbs left behind. Gone is that part of her that bore one of the most beautiful full-body tattoos ever rendered by her late father. Kenzo Matsushita, a young doctor, must assist his detective brother who is in charge of the case, because he was Kinue's secret lover and the first person on the murder scene.

The Tattoo Murder Case was originally published in 1948; this is the first English translation.

Baker & Taylor
Kenzo Matsuchita, a young repatriated doctor specializing in the study of forensic medicine, joins his brother, the police detective in charge of the case, to investigate the brutal murder of a young woman--Kenzo's secret lover--whose killing may be tied to her beautiful full-body tattoos.

Blackwell North Amer
To be tattooed in Japan was once a punishment intended to brand criminals with an indelible mark of shame, setting them apart from the rest of society. Instead, they made it their badge of defiance. It was a test of will and strength to be tattooed, and an act of daring because the practice of this art was actually made illegal.
Although it became acceptable for physical laborers and firemen to have large tattoos (and they were even honored for them by being sought out as pallbearers and to shoulder other palanquins), such vain decoration was deemed unsavory, a gaudy self-aggrandizement favored by gangsters and geishas. But it was also felt to be mythic and sensuous and wonderfully illicit.
A seam was left in the designs of many full-body tattoos so that they could be collected after death in one piece without disturbing the pattern, provided the owner was willing. The most famous collection is housed in Tokyo University. In 1947 - the year in which this mystery is set - the collection is being curated by a Professor Hayakawa, who, along with the younger brother of the city's chief-of-detectives, comes upon an unusual murder. The victim's own full-body tattoo has been stolen; the "canvas" mutilated.

Baker
& Taylor

Kenzo Matsushita, a young repatriated doctor specializing in the study of forensic medicine, joins his brother, the police detective in charge of the case, to investigate the brutal murder of a young woman--Kenzo's secret lover--whose killing may be tied to her beautiful full-body tattoos

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Soho Press, 1998
ISBN: 9781569471081
1569471088
Branch Call Number: F TAK
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Boehm, Deborah Boliver

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