Book Review: 『天啓の殺意』by Sin Nakamachi

天啓の殺意 (てんけいのさつい)
Title: 天啓の殺意 (てんけいのさつい)
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First published: 1982
Published: 20015
Format: Bunko
Page Count: 305
柳生照彦から持ち込まれた犯人当てリレー小説――柳生の問題編に対し、タレント作家の尾道由起子に解決編を書いてもらい、その後に自分の解決編を載せる――要するに作家同士の知恵比べをしよう、という企画は順調に進行するかに見えたが……。問題編を渡したまま、柳生は逗留先から姿を消し、しかもその小説は半年前の実在事件を赤裸々に綴ったものだった。『散歩する死者』の全面改稿決定版!

『天啓の殺意』has been first published by Tokuma (徳間書店) in 1982 under the title 『散歩する死者』. It was re-published by Tsogen publisher in 2005.

It is the 6th novel written by Sin Nakamachi.

Book Review

If you like mystery and detective novels, I heartily recommend 『天啓の殺意』!

I purposely skip the “setting” part of this review because I think that it is best to read this book without having any previous knowledge of the story and the setting.

I was just thinking the other day how relatively calm 2019 has been in terms of reading. I liked all the books I have read this year, but apart from 『新参者』by Keigo Higashino, I haven’t felt really excited about what I was reading. Of course, this was until I read『天啓の殺意』: it was easy to read and engrossing, and it is without a doubt one of my favourite reads of 2019.

I had already read a book by Sin Nakamachi earlier in 2019 so I knew what to expect: Sin Nakamachi plays with the reader and invites us to actively participate in the mystery. As a consequence, I was determined to read closely, to pay attention to every detail and to not let myself be fooled this time. But still, I was staring at the book with amazement when I reached the end!

It is the kind of murder story that makes you cry “I knew it!” or “what???”, and reading it was so much fun and so exciting! I finished it in 5 days, which is extremely rare when it comes to novels written in Japanese. I usually become tired of reading in a foreign language after 20 or 30 pages, but this book was so engrossing that I couldn’t put it down.