The Honkaku Mysteries

Exploring the thriving tradition of classic Japanese whodunnits.

Thanks to my guests, On Nomoto, grandson of honkaku writer Seishi Yokomizo, and Daniel Seton, commissioning editor at Pushkin Press.

No major spoilers about clues or endings in this episode. However, there is some mention or discussion of the books listed below.

Sources and further information:

The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro by Edogawa Rampo
“The Spider” by Koga Saburo, translated by Ho-Ling Wong and John Pugmire
Foreign Bodies edited by Martin Edwards
The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo
The Inugami Curse by Seishi Yokomizo
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Soji Shiimada
—“A Brief Introduction To Honkaku And Shin Honkaku Mysteries” by Tara Cheesman
—“The King Of The Golden Age Crime Novel In Japan: Seishi Yokomizo” by Paul French
Detective Fiction and the Rise of the Japanese Novel, 1880–1930 by Satoru Saito
“Inheriting the Nation: Seishi Yokomizo’s Kindaichi Novels” by Chiho Nakagawa in Clues: A Journal of Detection, Volume 32, Number 2, Fall 2014, pp. 90–99
— Interview with translater Louise Heal Kawai on the In GAD We Trust podcast

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