Seichō Matsumoto was a Japanese writer. Seichō’s works created a new tradition of Japanese . Points and Lines (original title: Ten to Sen); Inspector Imanishi Investigates (original title: Suna no Utsuwa); Pro Bono (original title: Kiri no Hata), . Inspector Imanishi Investigates. Seicho Matsumoto, Author, Beth Cary, Translator Soho Press $ (0p) ISBN Inspector Imanishi Investigates. Paul Estaver, Author, Seicho Matsumoto, Author Soho Press $ (p) ISBN

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If you can look past the language the book is enjoyable enough and does offer some glimpses into the Japan of that time. Return to Book Page. In he traveled to communist Cuba as a delegate of the World Cultural Congress and later that same year ventured to North Vietnam to meet with its president. Rather than provide any form of dating for the book, it simply placed it formally in another culture – a culture considerably different from ours. It also gelled for me something I’ve been circling for a while and that’s the realization that I don’t like when mysteries cut away from the detective’s POV.

The whole cutaway to other characters POV is so focused on Sekigawa it comes off as the imanjshi where thrillers show you the villian’s activities to try and up suspense.

The method of the later murders is quite inventive, even unique, but plausible. And his off-sider Yoshimura is really just a ingestigates, with a very minor role. Email Address never made public. It took me a while to work out that it was set and written so long in the past as the attention to imnishi work and the tone seemed really modern. All She Was Worth.

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Inspector Imanishi Investigates

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Jun 22, Madhulika Liddle rated it really liked it.


Are they all related? Inspector Imanishi leaves his beloved bonsai and his haiku and goes off by train with his young invesigates, Yoshimura, to investigate—and runs up against a blank wall. Dec 14, Jeanette rated it really liked it. Oct 08, Pam rated it it was amazing. I generally read multiple books simultaneously.

Well, I was nudged out of that happy place by several: I think this is one two main reasons why I read any mystery series, to be invited to ho I’ve never read a Japanese mystery novel before and within the first few pages, I knew I will want to read more.

James and Robert Van Gulik. Months pass in fruitless questioning, in following up leads, imanisbi the case is closed, unsolved. January 11, Finished: What is she, some sort of investihates jazz singer?

And he is always moving to NE or W Japan for inquiries and then yet AGAIN, comes three or 6 more locations all starting with the letter K and four more individuals’ names all starting with the letter T. Matsumoto wrote the two police officers and described how they interacted with their families and coworkers. Matsumoto doesn’t need it to make the plot riveting. While I’m only giving it a 3, it has enough going for it that I may try some of Matsumoto’s other works in the future.

Why did a theatre actor, on the verge of telling Imanishi something important, drop imankshi of a heart attack? His modest success and the encouragement of fellow writers fueled his kmanishi.

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Books by Seicho Matsumoto. He has friends, gets along with his wife and sister, and isn’t an alcoholic or an addict. Shopbop Unvestigates Fashion Brands. Notify me of new posts via email.

It reminds me of a scene from the best TV comedy ever written, ‘Spaced’: Why did a young woman scatter pieces of white paper out of the window of a train? There were a scattering of odd characters in the ebook, as though there were some incompatible fonts used in production, or, for example, a handwritten “K” became “IC” in the ebook. It opened my eyes to Japanese crime novels and I fear I may be hooked.


Points and Lines Japan’s Mystery Writers. I was ready to have my mind blown by this This is a well-written, interesting, and truly puzzling police procedural that reminds me of the early Dragnet, but set in early s Japan. Probably due to the translation, the writing is choppy and repetitive. In addition, Matsumoto writes about postwar Japan in an intriguing way, and I gobbled up the morsels of Japanese culture he sprinkled along the way.

Women have their completely traditional gender “roles” here. Matsumoto’s mystery and detective fiction solidified his reputation as a writer at home and abroad. His are haiku and bonsai. Plenty of red herrings and and blind alleys to contend with, so the wrap up is actually suspenseful. The subject of investigation was not just the crime but also the society in which the crime was committed.

When a man is found battered to death under a train in Tokyo, the only clue is a name heard spoken in an unusual accent in a cafe shortly beforehand. One criticism, two suspects live conveniently and unbelievably close to the inspector for no reason other than plotting. Get to Know Us. Because of that I would say it is almost at a cozy read level, but its as if you needed to use another type of alphabet to get there. Though he continued to write works of mystery and detective fiction in the s and s, at the same time the author was also interested in political topics.