The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi

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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.
 

About Akimitsu Takagi

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Akimitsu Takagi was born in 1920 and graduated from Kyoto University. His first job was as an engineer for the Nakajima Aircraft Company. He won the Japan Mystery Writers Club Award and wrote fifteen popular mysteries.
 
Published July 1, 2003 by Soho Crime. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Just as Kinue's death is only the first in a series of grisly tattoo-oriented killings, the bizarre twist Takagi puts on this dismemberment--Kinue's tattooed torso is missing, leaving only her head and limbs--is only the first of a series of Grand Guignol touches evidently calculated to outdo Joh...

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