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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This book, while structurally fairly sound as a police procedural novel, suffers under the weight of awkward writing due to the translation. Being able invesitgates speak Japanese made this an especially enjoyable book for me for nostalgic purposes. The main interest, however, is not in those but in the unfolding of the investigation. The first is the story itself: And what could possibly be the motive?
Either way it left me rather dissatisfied. This is an enjoyable mystery authentically set in ‘s Japan.
At points I immanishi it supremely simplistic and childishly naive to how a coroner declared the cause of death and other medical and scientific issues. This is a well-written, interesting, and truly puzzling police procedural that reminds me of the early Dragnet, but set in early s Japan.
Jan 31, Subashini rated it really liked it. Japan was still recovering from WWII and transitioning from traditional Japanese culture to a younger more avant-garde generation influenced by Western ideas. A disfigured body is found in the railyard.
Possibly that’s because the book was written a good 10 years earlier, I’m not sure. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.
This is the book that served as the basis for the Japanese hit movie “Castle of Sand”. Well, I was nudged out of that happy place by several: Again, a quiet, but portentious interlude from the main story, but giving depth and color to it.
I don’t think Matsumoto sufficiently preps the stage or makes clear the “electronic” nature of Waga’s music, so that when Imanishi reads the ultrasonic article in the paper, it’s like the murder weapon just leaps out of the book to slap you in the face.
Only two clues surface: Who would want to kill a well adored retired man when there is seemingly no motive? He has been drugged, strangled, and beaten. Not only the surnames and groupings, but also within the context of Japanese mores and myriads of locations during the inveatigates years of the ‘s.
It’s hard to imagine a group of intellectuals having celebrity appeal these days, and there are other aspects of the plot I couldn’t find credible at all.
There were bits here and there that were useful in that regard. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. 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. Matsumoto’s mystery imanjshi detective fiction solidified his reputation as a writer at home and abroad.
See and discover other items: The book is excellent, and well translated, and tells a story that the entire world should be made familiar with. Set up a giveaway. Within six years he had retired from his post at the newspaper to pursue a full-time career as a writer. The self-educated Matsumoto did not see investifates first book in print until he was in his forties. I liked Inspector Imanishi very much. View all 4 comments. Dispensing with formulaic plot devices such as puzzles, Matsumoto incorporated elements of human psychology and ordinary life into his crime fiction.
Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto.
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A very nice read. This is his “one that got away” case and the one in which he and his district group were self-deemed “failure”.
Matsumoto managed to capture the outlook of the Japanese society in the s and the details of these characters’ lives. He resumed work at the Asahi Shinbun after the war, transferring to the Tokyo office in inspextor Write a customer review.
Imanishi and other characters were written as round characters, and that made this novel more enjoyable than as crime fictions. I also like the pair of police officers are no Godlike Imanisbi, they are not even outstandingly smart, they are only a pair of ordinary cops who solve their cases with a lot of hard work, careful observation and patience. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
One person found this helpful. It reminds me of a scene from the best TV comedy ever written, ‘Spaced’: He was a prolific author, he wrote until his death inproducing in four decades more than works.
This was an interesting detective story, though a little overly complicated, perhaps even mired in the details.