Kosuke Kindaichi

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Kosuke Kindaichi (金田一 耕助, Kindaichi Kōsuke) is a famous fictional Japanese detective created by Seishi Yokomizo, a renowned mystery novelist. His first case, The Honjin Murder Case, a novel of locked room murder in an old family, which many people regard as one of the best Japanese detective novels, was published in 1946.

Works in translation[edit]

The Inugami Clan (1951) is the only one novel of Kindaichi series to have been translated into English.

Two other novels are available in French translation.

  • Le Village aux huit tombes (original title: Yatsuhaka Mura) (1951)
  • La Ritournelle du démon (original title: Akuma no Temari Uta) (1959)


The Kosuke Kindaichi series consists of 77 cases.

In popular culture[edit]

A profile of Kosuke appears at the end of the manga Case Closed Volume 6.

Hajime Kindaichi (金田一 一, Kindaichi Hajime), the main character of Kindaichi Case Files, is depicted as the grandson of Kosuke Kindaichi.

In episode 14 of Lupin the Third Part II, a German count invites the best private detectives from all over the world - including Kindaichi - to the maiden voyage of his blimp in order to catch Lupin III who is after the count's jewel.

In the Lupin the Third Part IV episode "From Japan With Love", the celebrity detective Akechi Kousuke Holmes is partially named after Kosuke Kindaichi (as well as Kogoro Akechi and Sherlock Holmes).


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