Kinue Nomura survived World War II only to be murdered in Tokyo, her severed limbs discovered in a room locked from the inside. Gone is the part of her that bore one of the most beautiful full-body tattoos ever rendered. Kenzo Matsushita, a young doctor who was first to discover the crime scene, feels compelled to assist his detective brother, who is in charge of the case. But Kenzo has a secret: he was Kinue’s lover, and soon his involvement in the investigation becomes as twisted and complex as the writhing snakes that once adorned Kinue’s torso.
The Tattoo Murder Case was originally published in 1948; this is the first English translation.
"A voyeuristic tale of sexual obsession and perversity."-New York Times; "Clever, kinky, highly entertaining...Quintessentially Japanese."-Washington Post; "Intricate, fantastic and utterly absorbing."-Kirkus Reviews