The Master Key

The Master Key

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The K Apartments for Ladies are occupied by over a hundred unmarried women, once young and lively, now grown and old - and in some cases, evil. Their residence conceals a secret, a secret connecting the unsolved kidnapping in 1951 of four-year-old George Kraft to the clandestine burial of a child's body in the basement bath-house. So, when news comes that the building must be moved to make way for a road-building project, more than one tenant waits with apprehension for the grisly revelation that will follow. Then the master key is lost, stolen and re-stolen, and suddenly no-one feels safe.
Publisher: London : Pushkin Vertigo, 2017
Copyright Date: ©1985
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY TOG PBK
Characteristics: 188 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9781782273639
1782273638

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SkokieStaff_Steven May 08, 2018

Masako Togawa’s newly republished “The Master Key” is unlike any other mystery I’ve read. It begins conventionally enough with a mysterious death and a scene in which two people secretly bury a child’s body. By the end of the book, we learn just what happened to the child. What’s odd about the na... Read More »


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SkokieStaff_Steven May 08, 2018

Masako Togawa’s newly republished “The Master Key” is unlike any other mystery I’ve read. It begins conventionally enough with a mysterious death and a scene in which two people secretly bury a child’s body. By the end of the book, we learn just what happened to the child. What’s odd about the narrative is that it lacks any detective figure or even a central protagonist we follow throughout the book. Instead, it unfolds more or less as a series of short mystery stories involving different inhabitants of Japanese apartment building for single ladies, a building in which a certain “master key” unlocks all doors. Togawa is a skilled plotter and creates an unsettling atmosphere. This novel, his first, is a real treasure, and I am grateful for Pushkin Vertigo for bringing it to a new audience over fifty years after it first appeared.

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