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E amateur detective an eccentric twenty something of little means with disheveled hair and a shabby kimono The Akechi who appears in this volume is a hobbyist in crime whose identity is not yet fixed either in the eyes of the reading public or in the mind of his creator Supporting characters such as Akechi's wife and his young assistant have not yet been introduced and the first confrontation between the great detective and the Fiend with Twenty Faces is still a decade awayRampo initially conceived of Akechi Kogoro only as a protagonist for 'The Case of the Murder on D Hill' never intending to make further use of the c. My relationship with Edogawa Rampo is probably the best out of all the Japanese authors I have read so far He is probably the only one I do not dislike and I am definitely going to check out of his workI am yet to read Edgar Alan Poe s books so I do not know how he does his mysteries but Edogawa Rampo s style reminds me of a Sherlockian mystery rather than Christie s classic structure That is especially true for the last story in this bind up The Dwarf where we are never given the information needed to uncover the perpetrator by ourselves I find this kind of unfair because I would love to play detective every now and then What I didn t like about this book was that even though it is supposedly Akechi Kogoro s earliest cases we know nothing about him except the fact that he is an amateur detective He doesn t have any uirks like Holmes or Poirot We are just told that he likes to talk about his reasoning behind the murder mysteries he is involved with and is a little condescending I find this dissatisfactory As the most famous Japanese detective I would have wanted I wonder if this is perhaps because unlike the aforementioned he does not have an assistant who records the story for usAnyway I will be checking out his stories about the Detective Boys and Twenty Faces as well some time in the future After all Edogawa Rampo doesn t bore me to death

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Haracter but the positive reactions of Rampo's friends and colleagues prompted him to make Akechi a recurring protagonist in his detective fiction The first five Akechi mysteries 'The Case of the Murder on D Hill' 'The Psychological Test' 'The Black Hand Gang' 'The Ghost' and 'The Stalker in the Attic' were all published in the first half of 1925 as part of Rampo's first serial for Shin Seinen magazineAnd now they are available in English as well to delight a new audienceIncludesThe Case of the Murder on D Hill 「D坂の殺人事件」The Black Hand Gang 「黒手組」The Ghost 「幽霊」The Dwarf 「一寸法師?. I m glad I read Tales of Mystery Imagination first I don t know if its the translation or just that these are earlier works but they just don t have the wit and sophistication of his later stories They do have that little twist though Like others I found The Dwarf hard to get through Even though he is supposed to be a villain who happens to be a little person the depiction throughout is just hard to get through

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Akechi Kogoro detective extraordinaire In Japan this is a name that fires the hearts and imaginations of readers young at heart Cool and sophisticated Akechi moves effortlessly through the world of Japan in the golden era between the wars defeating masterminds and saving the day He has been the hero of Japanese children for generations and starred in a host of moviesThe stories in this volume predate all of that; his secret origin if you will Readers familiar with the exploits of the great detective Akechi Kogoro might have some difficulty recognizing the impeccably dressed and universally respected man of action in th. Four storiesThe Case of the Murder on D Hill D The Black Hand Gang The Ghost The Dwarf I ve written about Edogawa before see here in these four crime stories are the same themes as you re used to with his writing To me Rampo is a crime fiction nerd s crime fiction writer He wrote a dictionary not translated into English of crime fiction s common tropes and twists and his short fiction is full of allusions and outright uotes of the Western greats like this oneDear readers I wonder if some of you might not be reminded of Poe s The Murders in the Rue Morgue or Doyle s The Adventure of the Speckled Band as you read this story In other words I wonder if you might not be imagining that the criminal in this case is not a human being but an orangutan or a venomous Indian serpent or something of that kind I actually considered that myselfRampo uses very common structures and stories and based on his extensive knowledge of what has been before comes up with very uniue endings and explanations that nobody else has come up with beforeInterestingly especially in the first story The Case of the Murder on D Hill his master detective uotes a bit of psychological scientific literature to explain how you cannot trust eye witness accounts which to me is surprising given the release year of these stories 1925 Only in recent years have the pitfalls of memory been popularised just think of the Gorilla experiment 1999 which could be repeated in expert observers when researchers put gorillas in x rays and 83% of radiologists did not see the gorilla Drew et al 2013 One hundred years between Edogawa s writing and people still find novel examples of inattentional blindnessAnyway if you need to choose only one story to read go for The Dwarf which Wikipedia even lists as its own novel it s not that long That one is genuinely creepy and definitely not for young adults there s a murder body mutilation and exhibition and sexual blackmail and promiscuity


10 thoughts on “The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro

  1. says:

    The most famous fictional detective in Japan is by far Akechi Kogoro A Sherlock Holmes but with a darker edge due to the narratives of its writer Edogawa Rampo A true master of crime fiction that mixes with grotesue horror and perverse sexuality Pulp writing doesn't get better than this collection of early tales with Kogoro as its hero Rampo

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    Four storiesThe Case of the Murder on D Hill 「D坂の殺人事件」The Black Hand Gang 「黒手組」The Ghost 「幽霊」The Dwarf 「一寸法師」I've written about Edogawa before see here in these four crime sto

  3. says:

    A 4 story introduction to Akechi Kogoro the Japanese answer to Sherlock HolmesThanks to William Varteresian’s the book's English translator excellent preface it’s easy to get up to speed with the history and writing style of Edogawa Rampo; one of the most prolific and celebrated Japanese crime writers whose influence can still be seen these days in various mystery novels films anime manga and tribute work

  4. says:

    One of the most interesting reads of this year for me is Edogawa Ranpo's The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro I'm not fond of detective novelstories yet I found Ranpo's writing intriguing despite it being translated it's still good

  5. says:

    My relationship with Edogawa Rampo is probably the best out of all the Japanese authors I have read so far He is probably the only one I do not dislike and I am definitely going to check out of his workI am yet to read Edgar Alan Poe’s books so I do not know how he does his mysteries but Edogawa Rampo’s style reminds me of a Sherlockian mystery rather than Christie’s classic structure That is especiall

  6. says:

    I need to expand my knowledge about sleuth fiction from Japan because I've only heard about Edogawa Rampo and I love it so much so if you good people have recommendation about Japanese sleuth please do shareAnyway Akechi Kogoro rings two bells inside my head1 Kogoro Mouri the sleeping detective in comic book Detective Conan2 Inspector Akechi the handsome police detective in comic book Detective Kindaichi which is actua

  7. says:

    Although the early writings of Hirai Tarō are not as well written as some of his most famous stories I still thought they were uite enjoyable T

  8. says:

    I'm glad I read Tales of Mystery Imagination first I don't know if its the translation or just that these are earlier works but they just don't have the wit and sophistication of his later stories They do have that little twist though Like oth

  9. says:

    These are interesting stories Akechi is hilarious he doesnt give a shit about justice or anything besides solving the mystery with on exception in the end of the Dwarf where he appears to show mercy towards a girl The crimes themselves are definitely grotesue Overall pretty comfy mystery stories with some hints of greatness

  10. says:

    Really enjoyed the first few short stories and when it came to the last one which is way longer than the others there was a considerable shift in pacing Nevertheless the build up payed off I loved the ending