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The Decagon House Murders (Pushkin Vertigo Book 32)

The Decagon House Murders (Pushkin Vertigo Book 32)

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The New Orthodox Mystery Edition

A representative example of the Japanese genre shin honkaku, known for its abstract approach and adherence to the rules of orthodox detective fiction. In its introduction, Shimada Shoji highlights the unique, almost robotic character depictions and a focus on storytelling over sophisticated writing.

The Decagon House Murders is a Japanese mystery novel by Yukito Ayatsuji, first published in 1987. The book is often considered one of the best examples of the “honkaku” (meaning “authentic”) mystery genre, which emphasizes the use of logical puzzles and clues for the reader to solve the mystery alongside the characters.

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