The Meiji Guillotine Murders

Futaro Yamada, Bryan Karetnyk (trans.)

The Meiji Guillotine Murders
Pushkin Press
United Kingdom
26 March 2024

The Meiji Guillotine Murders

Futaro Yamada, Bryan Karetnyk (trans.)

Tokyo, 1869. It is the dawn of the Meiji era in Japan, but the scars of the bloody recent civil war are yet to heal. The new regime struggles to keep the peace as old scores are settled and dangerous new ideas flood into the country from the West.

A new police force promises to bring order to this land of feuding samurai warlords, and chief inspectors Kazuki and Kawaji are two of its brightest stars. Together they investigate a spree of baffling murders across the capital, moving from dingy drinking dens to high-class hotels and the heart of the Imperial Palace. Can they solve these seemingly impossible crimes and save the country from slipping into chaos once more?

Taking us deep into the heart of 19th century Tokyo, The Meiji Guillotine Murders is a fiendish murder mystery from one of Japan's greatest crime writers.

A captivating locked room murder mystery perfect for fans of Stuart Turton and Janice Hallett.

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