Out April 25th, Devils in Daylight is one of two newly translated novels by Japanese Author Junichiro Tanizaki. It opens on writer Takahashi taking a call from his admittedly eccentric friend Sonomura regarding a murder set to take place in the early hours of the morning. After much convincing and prodding, Takahashi takes Sonomura up on his offer to observe the murder first hand. Devils in Daylight has all the characteristics of a Tanizaki story: Psychological acuity, salacious characters, and a penchant for the dark recesses of human consciousness. Short and sweet at just 96 pages, Devils in Daylight is a solid introduction to one of Japan's most important writers, and if you don't care about that then it's still an enjoyable little mystery.
One morning, Takahashi, a writer who has just stayed up all night working, is interrupted by a phone call from his old friend Sonomura: barely able to contain his excitement, Sonomura claims that he has cracked a secret cryptographic code based on Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold-Bug and now knows exactly when and where a murder will take place--and they must hurry if they want to witness th