Quillion Sleigh, Poet

An American amateur sleuth in Tokyo

By William Wetherall

First drafted late 1970s
First posted 18 September 2006
Last updated 18 September 2006


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Quillion Sleigh collection 1
Seikatsu to suiri
1972 Mikasa edition
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Quillion Sleigh collection 1
Seikatsu to suiri
1977 Kadokawa Bunko edition
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Quillion Sleigh collection 1
Seikatsu to suiri
1996 Kadokawa Bunko edition

1st Quillion Sleigh collection

Tsuzuki Michio
Kirion Surei no seikatsu to suiri
[The life and speculations of Quillion Sleigh]
<The Life and Speculations of Quillion Sleigh, Poet>

Tokyo: Mikasa Shobo, February 1972

Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1977
236 pages, paperback (Kadokawa Bunko)
1st printing, January 1977
6th printing, May 1981 (shown)
9th printing, 1984

Stories

The first Sleigh collection poses six burning questions.

First ? -- Why did [Sleigh] view as a homicide a crime made to look like a suicide?

2nd ? -- Why is a black mass [kuro missa] conducted in Japan, where there are no devils [akuma]?

3rd ? -- Why did the suspect deny a perfect alibi?

4th ? -- Why did the murder scene disappear together with the body?

5th ? -- Why did only the weapon vanish from the locked room [misshitsu]?

Last ? -- Why did the ghost [yurei] eat breakfast?

To be continued.


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Quillion Sleigh collection 2
Fukkatsu to shi
1974 Kadokawa Novels edition
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Quillion Sleigh collection 2
Fukkatsu to shi
1977 Kadokawa Bunko edition
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1997 anthology of Tsuzuki's finest
leads with "After floor 8 comes 1"
from Fukkatsu to shi

2nd Quillion Sleigh collection

Originally titled edition

Tsuzuki Michio
Joji kokai domei
(Shin Kirion Surei no seikatsu to suiri)
[The alliance for making love affairs public
(New life and speculations of Quillion Sleigh)]
<Further Life and Speculations of Quillion Sleigh, Poet>
Tokyo: Futabasha, 1974
231 pages, paperback (Futaba Shinsho)
1st printing, October 1974

Retitled edition

Tsuzuki Michio
Kirion Surei no fukkatsu to shi
[The resurrection and death of Quillion Sleigh]
<Further Life and Speculations of Quillion Sleigh, Poet>
Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1977
300 pages, paperback (Kadokawa Bunko)
1st printing, October 1977
4th printing, May 1981 (shown)

Stories

The second Sleigh anthology contains seven stories.

The ropeway hearse
The alliance for making love affairs public
After floor 8 comes 1
2 x 2 is death, 2 deaths are shameful
I see, the culprit's me
Locked-room bargain sale
Quillion Sleigh's death

The fourth title is a word play on the multiplication tables that everyone learns in school. Students learn to say "ni nin ga shi, ni shi ga hachi" (二二が四、二四が八), which means "2 x 2 is four, 2 times 4 is eight". But since "shi" can also mean death and "hachi" is close to "haji", one can imagine the title of this story, "ni nin ga shi, ni shi ga haji" (二二が死、二死が恥). While most puns are easily understood without any visual help, this one is more quickly comprehended, out of context, by working backward, as it were, from the kanji.

To be continued.


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Quillion Sleigh collection 3
Saiho to chokkan
1978 Kadokawa Bunko edition

3rd Quillion Sleigh collection

Tsuzuki Michio
Kirion Surei no saiho to chokkan
[The revisit and intuition of Quillion Sleigh]
<The Life and Speculations of Quillion Sleigh, Poet>
Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1978
309 pages, paperback (Kadokawa Novels)
1st printing, October 1978 (shown)

The third Sleigh collection has six "ties to a death" stories.

[Sleigh] ties a watering can and cotton candy to a death 
[Sleigh] ties a tricorn hat to a death
[Sleigh] ties some shoes to a death
[Sleigh] ties a female daruma to a death
[Sleigh] ties a well-known book to a death
[Sleigh] ties a telephone and scarf to a death

To be continued.


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Quillion Sleigh collection 4
Haiboku to gyakushu
1983 Kadokawa Novels edition
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Quillion Sleigh collection 4
Haiboku to gyakushu
1989 Kadokawa Bunko edition

4th Quillion Sleigh collection

Originally titled edition

Tsuzuki Michio
Kirion Surei no haiboku to gyakushu
[The defeat and counterattack of Quillion Sleigh]
<Further Life and Speculations of Quillion Sleigh, Poet>

Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1983
306 pages, paperback (Kadokawa Novels)
1st printing, 1983 (shown)
Expanded and revised edition of version
serialized in Shosetsu suiri,
June 1981 to August 1982

Tokyo: Kadokawa Shoten, 1989
306 pages, paperback (Kadokawa Bunko)
1st printing, 1989