Rashomon: A Commissioner Heigo Kobayashi Case by Víctor Santos
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is two separate mystery/crime cases which end up being tied together. The book is described as "crime noir" which drew me to read it. However, I didn't find that description fit at all except for the presence of a femme fatale. The book is set in feudal Japan and each case is immersed in the cultural history of that time and place. The first story was okay but the seconded depended so much on the history that I didn't really understand it. If you love shoguns, samurai and ronin this book will be right up your alley. The art is outstanding though. It's stylized with sharp angles and uses either black and white or limited colour palettes. The use of illustrations done in either warm or cool tones helps keep the mood of the storyline.