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CToohey
November 4 2014

Fresh Meat: The Year I Died Seven Times by Eric Beetner

The Year I Died Seven Times by Eric Beetner is a 7-part serialized novel about Ridley Allen, who'll be punished by stubborn love, gnawing curiosity, and a perverse knack for survival after his Japanese...
Crime HQ
October 20 2014

“If You Can Take It, You Can Make It”: Trailer for Unbroken

Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olypmic runner for the United States who would later be taken prisoner by the Japanese army during World War II. Directed by Angelina Jolie, and...
JakeHinkson
January 18 2014

The Dark Collaborations: Japanese Noir from Seichō Matsumoto and Yoshitarō Nomura

One can’t really describe the Japanese mystery writer Seichō Matsumoto by comparing him to his English language equivalent because, in all the ways that matter, he has no equivalent. (The writer...
LauraJohRowland
September 27 2013

The Buck-toothed Turtle: A Deadly Voyeur

Good news:  The science of genetics has come a long way since Gregor Mendel experimented with hybrid pea plants during the nineteenth century. Now we have the results of the ground-breaking Human...
ThomasPluck
September 14 2013

Fresh Meat: The Shogun’s Daughter by Laura Joh Rowland

The Shogun's Daughter by Laura Joh Rowland is the seventeenth novel featuring samurai sleuth Sano Ichirō of the court of the shogun in 17th Century Edo (available September 17, 2013). When...
LauraJohRowland
September 6 2013

The Afterlife of a Poisonous Wife: Japan’s Famous O-Den Takahashi

Some criminals live on as legends for many years after their demise. Three of my favorite examples are Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, and Jack the Ripper. I saw the movie Bonnie and Clyde in 1967. Played...
SusanSpann
June 29 2013

Kunoichi: Female Ninja Spies of Medieval Japan

Most Westerners think of ninjas as black-masked men with swords who appear from the shadows and strike without warning. But not all ninja assassins were male, and not all of them walked in shadow. Female...
katelincoln
May 5 2013

Fresh Meat: Shattered Trident by Larry Bond

Shattered Trident by Larry Bond is a submarine-centered, military thriller set in the not-too-distant future (available May 7, 2013). China is the new Russia, a writer’s go-to country for...
IanTruman
January 17 2013

Five Film Oldies You Should See

As my Christmas bonus arrived and I had time on my hands, I paid a visit to my local video/book exchange store. Yes! There are still some of those around—for how long, though, I have no idea! And...
LauraJohRowland
December 18 2012

Crime and Dismemberment

In 1993, Lorena Bobbitt shocked the world when she cut off her husband John’s penis and threw it out of her car window as she drove away from the scene. But she wasn’t the first woman...
JakeHinkson
September 17 2012

A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Noir

By the 1960s, the noir wave that had started in America, and had been deconstructed in Europe, washed ashore in Japan. By that point, the Japanese film industry had been stripped down, essentially,...
KeigoHigashino
September 10 2012

Salvation of a Saint: Special Audio Excerpt of Chapter 2

Every Monday in September, we will be bringing you serialized audio excerpts from Keigo Higashino’s Salvation of a Saint. You can either click to stream and listen on your computer, or download...
KeigoHigashino
September 3 2012

Salvation of a Saint: Special Audio Excerpt of Chapter 1

For the next few Mondays we will be bringing you serialized audio excerpts from Keigo Higashino’s Salvation of a Saint. You can either click to stream and listen on your computer, or download...
RichardZSantos
May 12 2012

Fresh Meat: Richard Lloyd Parry’s People Who Eat Darkness

People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry is the true crime story of Lucie Blackman, who stepped out on the streets of Tokyo and disappeared in the summer of 2000 (available May 22, 2012). The...
JordanFoster
April 24 2012

The Best Novel Nominees, or How To Handicap the 2011 Edgars

For the first time in recent memory (read: more than a decade), none of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award nominees for Best Novel have ever been nominated before. On April 26th, one of...
C. Z. Chen
November 12 2011

Seedy and Sublime: The Ero Guro Dystopia of Japanese Noir Posters

In the 1960s and 70s, the Japanese film industry (Nikkatsu Studio to be precise) headlined a golden age for East Asian exploitation noir. After years of censorship, first outlined by Japanese Imperial...
Ho-LingWong
September 21 2011

Traveling Japan In Mysterious Fashion

Go to a random bookstore in Japan and you’ll quickly find the section with travel guides. Domestic travel guides. From the southern islands of Okinawa to the northern Hokkaido, every area in Japan...
Ho-LingWong
September 9 2011

Judge Ooka in the East and West

I’ll admit it right away: I don’t read Dutch crime fiction. But that’s certainly not because there is none to be found. In fact, as evidenced by Leslie Elman’s  “A Touch of Dutch”...
C. Z. Chen
August 16 2011

Ramen Westerns: Far East Meets Old West

What are “Ramen Westerns?” Imagine a spaghetti western as a starting point. Samurais and sharpshooters are not all that different. An iaidō instructor compared his Japanese martial art...
Ho-LingWong
August 12 2011

Japanese Fictional Crimes and Criminal Fictions

It is commonly said that truth is stranger than fiction, and while I won’t go quite that far, I have to admit that the truth can be quite strange at times. Criminals can be extremely creative, with...
Ho-LingWong
July 31 2011

Poirot and Holmes on Holiday in Japan

I had only been in Japan for a couple of days, but I had already perfected my answer to the constant question: why are you studying Japanese? My answer: because I like Japanese detective fiction. Which...
Ho-LingWong
July 16 2011

Crimes in Writing and Writings in Crime

Languages can be fun, but they usually take a lot of time and effort to learn. Even if you put in the hours, some seem impossible to master. I for one can’t even make it past basic-level Korean, it...
Ho-LingWong
June 28 2011

World’s Longest Detective Story: The Terror of Werewolf Castle

I am not making a habit of discussing books that aren’t available outside of Japan. Really. I myself am very aware that it is frustrating to read articles on oh-so-interesting books that aren’t...
Ho-LingWong
June 15 2011

Detective Conan: Smartest Modern Detective in Asia?

We all have to start somewhere. My first encounter with Japanese detective fiction was through the Japanese animated movie Detective Conan: The Fourteenth Target. It changed my life. I started to read...
LauraJohRowland
May 30 2011

Crime and Punishment a la Medieval Japan

Historical mystery novels serve as a reminder that the good old days weren’t always that good. Especially for the folks accused or convicted of crimes. My Sano Ichiro samurai mystery series is...
Ho-LingWong
May 28 2011

Ellery Queen is Alive and Well and Living in Japan

Crime novel critic Kiyoshi Kasai focuses in his books on “orthodox” detective novels, which refer to the Golden Age detective novels in the Christie-Queen-Carr tradition. He identifies...
TonyHays
May 24 2011

Bicycles, Umbrellas and Love Hotels: Crime Japanese Style

When I first went to Japan several years ago, I knew very little about Japanese crime.  Oh, I had seen Michael Douglas’ film “Black Rain” in 1989.  And I knew something about...
Ho-LingWong
May 8 2011

Chaotic Steps in Japanese Crime Fiction: A Brief History From the 1920s-1940s

Discussions of Japanese detective fiction, especially those concerning the pre-World War II period, will inevitably mention the name Edogawa Rampo. Essayists will mention how he was the first full-time...
May 4 2011

Higashino’s Suspect X: Love and Obligation

Rooted in the tangled tale of Keigo Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X is the beating heart of obligation.  This Japanese cultural value doesn’t quite have a western equivalent—duty...
Ho-LingWong
April 25 2011

Exploring Japanese Detective Stories: A Primer

Why should you care about the Japanese detective story? Well, Japan has a long and rich tradition in the genre, and even today, the detective novel holds a vital place in Japanese fiction.  From...