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Death on Gokumon Island
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Death on Gokumon Island
Written by:
Seishi Yokomizo 
Read by:
Akira Matsumoto 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 18 minutes 
June 30 2022 
Available Date:
June 30 2022 
Age Category:
Fiction; Crime & Thriller; Detective; Mystery 
Bolinda audio 
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GBP£ 21.98
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Award winning author

A fiendish, classic locked room murder mystery, from one of Japan’s greatest crime writers, Seishi Yokomizo.

The rockbound and forbidding Gokumon Island was once a pirate stronghold. Now it is home to a clannish fishing community, dominated by two feuding families. When Kosuke Kindaichi arrives bringing news of a death, it triggers a series of grotesquely staged murders. The scruffy detective attempts to untangle the island’s secrets and stop the killings, but a fresh mystery seems to greet him at every turn, and soon he falls under suspicion himself …

Akira Matsumoto's performance takes listeners to post-WWII Japan's inner sea and the remote and clannish fishing island of Gokumon. Detective Kosuke Kindaichi, voiced with a crackly voice, arrives on Gokumon with two messages: The powerful Kito clan boss's son, Chimata-san, is dead, and his three stepsisters are in mortal danger. Matsumoto uses a variety of Australian accents to clearly differentiate the cast of characters in this mystery, written in 1971. Detective Kosuke, along with the local police, follows the subtle clues sprinkled throughout. Matsumoto's narration shifts smoothly from Japanese terms to English narrative as listeners are challenged to parse the clues interspersed amid numerous descriptions of customs and local history.
AudioFile Magazine

'The perfect read for this time of year. Short and compelling, it will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie looking for a new case to break.' (on The Honjin Murders)
Irish Times

'The diabolically twisted plotting is top-notch.' (on The Inugami Curse)
The New York Times