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Kogoro Akechi. Kogoro Akechi was created by "Edogawa Rampo," the pseudonym of the Japanese author Hirai Tare, and appeared in a number of stories and thirteen novels from 1925 to 1955, beginning with “Dzaka-no-Satsujin Jiken” (1925).

Kogoro Akechi is a Great Detective. Kogoro Akechi was the first major detective in Japanese fiction who was created by a Japanese author. Like his model, Sherlock Holmes, Kogoro is proficient at the martial arts (judo, in Kogoro’s case), is skilled at disguise, and is aided by a group of urchins, called the Boy Detectives Club; the most prominent member of the Club is the beautiful boy Yoshio Kobayashi, who eventually lives with Kogoro and acts as his virtual wife. Kogoro smokes Egyptian cigarettes to help him think. His arch-enemy is the Fiend With Twenty Faces. Kogoro is active in Tokyo early in the 20th century. Initially he is a shaggy-haired “intellectual vagabond” with no fixed job who loafs around his room in a boarding house. Eventually he becomes an elegant dandy, albeit one whose rooms, above a tobacconist's shop, are filled with books rather than clothes. His modus operandi is based more on psychological analysis than on deductive reasoning, although he's quite capable at that, too. In several cases he reveals a surprising depth of knowledge about sado-masochism, which is necessary in those cases which have a psycho-sexual tinge.

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