Kurotokage (1962, aka Black Lizard) has its origins in a 1934 detective novel — originally published as a magazine serial — by Edogawa Rampo, the pen name of writer Taro Hirai. (“Edogawa Rampo” was meant to mimic the pronunciation of “Edgar Allan Poe,” a writer Hirai greatly admired.) The novel was one of a series that Rampo wrote about the exploits of detective Akechi Kogoro; in this one, he meets his match in a master jewel thief and femme fatale named Black Lizard, with whom he engages in a cat-and-mouse story as he falls under her charms.

Kurotokage (1962, aka Black Lizard) has its origins in a 1934 detective novel — originally published as a magazine serial — by Edogawa Rampo, the pen name of writer Taro Hirai. (“Edogawa Rampo” was meant to mimic the pronunciation of “Edgar Allan Poe,” a writer Hirai greatly admired.) The novel was one of a series that Rampo wrote about the exploits of detective Akechi Kogoro; in this one, he meets his match in a master jewel thief and femme fatale named Black Lizard, with whom he engages in a cat-and-mouse story as he falls under her charms.

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