Ellery Queen's Japanese Mystery Stories is a collection that is sure to delight lovers of great detective and crime fiction. Japanese detective fiction expert Satoru Saito places the stories within the context of Japanese society and modern Japanese literature.

"Perfectly Lovely Ladies" by Kawabata Award winner Yasutaka Tsutsui: Eight women fight the high cost of living using violent means but will they get away with murder?

"The Cooperative Defendant" by Akutagawa Prize winner Seicho Matsumoto: After a man confesses to a killing, he retracts his confession and accuses the detectives of coercion. But who is right?

"Devil of a Boy" by Edogawa Rampo Prize winner Seiichi Morimura: A schoolboy may still be very young but he is as sinister as the most hardened of criminals…or is someone else involved?

"The Kindly Blackmailer" by Mystery Writers of Japan Award winner Kyotaro Nishimura: A man involved in a fatal hit-and-run is blackmailed by a mysterious witness. Who is this enigmatic stranger?

Satoru Saito is Associate Professor of Japanese Literature at Rutgers University. He has published articles on Edogawa Ranpo and Tsubouchi Shoyo and the book Detective Fiction and the Rise of the Japanese Novel, 1880–1930 which explores the critical role detective fiction played in the formation of modern Japanese literature.

Ellery Queen was the pseudonym of Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee, two cousins from Brooklyn who became America's most successful authors of crime and detective fiction in the 1930s and 1940s. From 1929 to 1971, Dannay and Lee published 36 novels under the Ellery Queen name, establishing the pair as the leading detective writers of the genre's golden age. They also collected stories and published several anthologies of detective fiction by other writers, including this one.

Additional Information:

  • Authors: Ellery Queen, Satoru Saito, Yasutaka Tsutsui,
  • Published 2020
  • 288 pages, hardcover
  • 8 X 5 inches