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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Even those bar hostesses and clerks with jobs. Inspector Imanishi has to discover who the victim is as well as imxnishi murderer. Retrieved from ” https: Sure there are some investigatds aspects – maybe these were glimpses forward to the technological giant that Japan has since become – but in some ways the mystery, while central to the plot, was less interesting than the characterisations, the Inspector, the food I was consistently craving food throughout this book and the tremendous sense of place.

Not a book I could read straight off! Old fashioned police procedural with a side of sushi. One other little tidbit: Notify me of new comments via email. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. 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.

Again, a quiet, but portentious interlude from the main story, but giving depth and color to it. Despite these defects, I thoroughly enjoyed following his efforts to solve an unusual case. After reading the novel, I’m ready to watch its s movie adaptation.

There’s the lovely ritual of exchanging name cards, there is the formal methods of addressing each other, there is even a formal courtesy to Imanishi’s relationship with his wife which just appealed immensely. And he is always moving to NE or W Japan for inquiries imaanishi 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.

So from these two clues as a starting point, Inspector Imanishi of Tokyo must track d Inspector Imanishi Investigates is a serious crime novel which starts out with a murdered victim discovered knspector the tracks of a train innspector a station. Mar 30, Ram Kaushik rated investivates really liked it Shelves: Along the twisting and turning path taken by the story as it unfolds, we get an introduction to the dispersal of Japanese regional dialects on Honshu, invstigates glimpse of the Cold War investigatse that assigned the possibility of all sorts of nefarious purposes to emerging technology, a picture of the dichotomy between rural and urban standards of living in post-war Japan, and a snapshot of the still-patriarchal, still formally traditional society of the early “economic miracle” period.


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Movement around the country is done by train, some inquiries are hampered by the destruction of records at the end of the Second World War. The pace is fast, the intricacy of the plot superb. I loved this book for many reasons. 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.

When an unidentified and it soon appears difficult to identify man is found under the inspecror of a Tokyo Station early one morning, he’s been strangled and dumped on the rails – seemingly in an attempt to take away any further chance of identifying him when the first train of the morning ran over the corpse. Seicho Matsumoto combines the prolific output of a Rex Stout with the literary qualities of Elmore Leonard.

Belongs on your shelf next to Christie and Simenon, P. He paints a picture of his main character’s life, family and colleagues in detail that is amazing both ihvestigates how much of it there is and how it is delivered. An avant garde art group consisting knvestigates a painter, a dramatist, an architect, a composer and a critic imanisyi into and out of the story in the beginning, and we get tantalizing snippets of various characters and sub narratives.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A slow-moving mystery that takes its time to build up the case. Email Address never made public. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Very interesting read because it gave a time capsule of what Japan society was going through at that time.

The names are nearly impossible. I also appreciated the lack of high-speed car chases and big kabooms: Months pass in fruitless questioning, in following up leads, until the case is closed, unsolved.


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Not only the surnames and groupings, but also within the context of Japanese mores and myriads of locations during the latest years of the ‘s.

None of which couldn’t have been relayed over the phone and the whole exchange seems designed to provoke Imanishi or the reader into beating the guy to death with a rock. Imanshi resumed work at the Asahi Shinbun after the war, transferring to the Tokyo office in Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: While he is searching for clues, a woman commits suicide and there are two other imanushi.

Inspector Imanishi is assigned the case and conducts a painstaking, meticulous investigation. Refresh and try again. I especially enjoy the insight of Imanishi’s relationship with his wife and his sister, the little rituals of his eating, his smoking on his stomach, his going to the public baths.

Inspector Imanishi Investigates is a serious crime novel which starts out with a murdered victim discovered under the tracks of a train in a station. Oct 08, Pam rated it it was amazing. Two months pass in fruitless questioning, in following up of leads, and then the case, because it cannot be kept open indefinitely, is closed, still unsolved.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. And his off-sider Yoshimura is really just a foil, with a very minor role.

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Matsumoto wrote the two police officers and described how they interacted with their families and coworkers. Why did a bar girl leave for home right after Imanishi spoke to her?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. If you can look past the language the book is enjoyable enough and does offer some glimpses into the Japan of that time.

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