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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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.

Why did a young woman scatter pieces of white paper out of the window of a train? And what could possibly be the motive? The Inspector painstakingly pieces the story together through many trips to different locales in Japan, as he tightens the web gradually to trap the murderer. I wonder if this was intentional, echoing Ukiyo, the depictions of the floating world, where a particular aspect or detail of the floating world is portrayed, and meant to evoke, as opposed to fully describing or depicting.

Are they all related? It was especially good in approximation of the details to how all the history had gone down, and also sublime to the mood of Imanishi as he finally turned the corner to some correct answers after all the months and months of inquiry and travel.

The story was moving a lot of times in this story in various areas and demographics in Japan, from Western Okayama to Northeast Akita; from modern Tokyo theatres to ancient Ise Shrine; from poor mountain village to elite and intellectual communities.

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Because of that I would say it is almost at a cozy read level, but its as knvestigates you needed to use another type of alphabet to get there. To be honest, some parts of the book are a bit dry and dull, but it is still an breathtaking, touching mystery novel with depth and insight into human nature and suffering.

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Matsumoto’s works created a new tradition of Japanese crime fiction.

I’m not sure whether this is a fault of the translation or remains true to Matsumoto’s style, but the prose is simple in the extreme, but at the same time, rich with description. But the last quarter of the book made up for it. Why did a bar girl leave for home right after Imanishi spoke to her?

Ships from and sold by Amazon. A murder victim found on the train tracks in late 20th century Tokyo remains unidentified for the longest time, until a bumpkin from the hinterland surfaces to identify him. Otherwise, I liked the story. This book has a lot of issues but managed to hold my interest despite dancing dangerously close to a dnf early on. Matsumoto doesn’t need it to make the plot riveting.

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Starts slow but it became a decent page turner. Pages with related products. I especially enjoy a scene with Inspector Imanishi spending a whole day walking along the railway, looking for tiny pieces of evident which might not imanixhi be there, it’s scenes like this endear the main characters of this book to me. In particular, his works often reflect a wider social context and postwar nihilism that expanded the scope and further darkened the atmosphere of the genre.

Only two clues surface: And there is a strange, strange pattern too of so many deaths of those under 40 or just past it. Investigatse 14, Denise rated it liked it. Also the expressions the characters use while talking about themselves seem very Japanese. In the wee hours of a Tokyo morning, well before dawn, a dead body is found under a stationary train, its face bashed so badly as to prevent all identification.

He was a prolific author, he wrote until his death inproducing in four decades more than works. Seicho Matsumoto does a fine job conveying Inspector Imanishi’s systematic murder investigation within the rigid social structure of post war Japan.

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As an adult he designed layouts for the Asahi Shinbun in Kyushu. With the investigation team being disbanded, only two police officers mostly the memorable Inspector Imanishi had remained to work on the mystery, and their search eventually leaded them to a group of insector young artists; but what is the link between a retired cop and a group of up-and-coming artists?

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It’s hard to know how to read it.

Get to Know Us. The names are nearly impossible. The Devotion of Suspect X: 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.

Feb 12, Masanaka Takashima rated it really liked it Recommended to Masanaka by: The self-educated Matsumoto did not see his first book in print until he was in his forties.

Set up a giveaway. Kiyoharu Matsumoto December 21, FukuokaJapan. This was an interesting detective story, though a little overly complicated, perhaps even mired in the details.

Inspector Imanishi Investigates (Seicho Matsumoto) – review

Nov 14, Bill rated it really liked it Shelves: This site uses cookies. In that respect, it’s a lot like a Conan Doyle or an Agatha Christie thriller; amazingly out there plotting with a solution you’d never see coming.

The emerging young people in the cultural vangua I liked Inspector Imanishi very much. And perhaps because of the culture, perhaps because of the period, the process of investigation is laughable at times. Plenty of red herrings and and blind ivnestigates to co Old fashioned police procedural with a side of sushi. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller imanishhi Email Address never made public.