Akimitsu Takagi (1920-1995) graduated Tokyo University in engineering. After WWII a fortune teller predicted a career in writing. His work was immediately recognised and he became a best-selling author. His crime novels remain, to this day, among the most popular in Japan.
"A voyeuristic tale of sexual obsession and perversity."-New York Times; "Clever, kinky, highly entertaining...Quintessentially Japanese."-Washington Post; "Intricate, fantastic and utterly absorbing."-Kirkus Reviews