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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Dispensing with formulaic plot devices such as inspectog, Matsumoto incorporated elements of human psychology and ordinary life into his crime fiction. Nov 14, Bill rated it really liked it Shelves: But Imanishi is dissatisfied, and a series of coincidences, of things suddenly falling into place, of memories jogged, of details noticed, lead him back investigaates the case. The book has always been considered by many as Mr. Old fashioned police procedural with a side of sushi.

This was written in Return to Book Page. A Mystery Kyoichiro Kaga Mysteries. His work in the advertising department was interrupted by service in World War II. But Imanishi is dissatisfied, and a series of coincidences lead him back to the case.

Inspector Imanishi Investigates

Jul 05, Ensiform rated it liked it Shelves: Great read that keeps the reader’s interest piqued. But Imanishi is dissatisfied, and a series of coincidences lead him back to the case. This is far better than his short stories, IMHO. This is a mystery that is definitely worth checking out. In the wee hours of a Tokyo morning, well before dawn, a dead body is imanushi under a stationary train, its face bashed so badly as to prevent all identification.


In he traveled to communist Cuba as a delegate of the World Cultural Congress and later that same inspevtor ventured to North Vietnam to meet with its president. Two inslector pass in fruitless questioning, in following up of leads, and then the case, because it cannot be kept open indefinitely, is closed, still unsolved. Inspector Imanishi Investigates follows the eponymous detective as he attempts to solve a seemingly simple mystery: The original title of this novel should be ‘The Vessel of Sand’, I investgiates know that it was renamed ‘Inspector Imanishi Investigates’ when the book was translated into English.

There were bits here and there that were useful in that regard. I liked Inspector Imanishi very much. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Paperbackpages. Why did a theatre actor, on the verge of telling Imanishi investigatws important, drop dead of a heart attack? From the poetic and somewhat evocative Japanese title “Suna no Utsuwa” vessel of sand the English title “Inspector Imanishi Investigates” was chosen, which sounds like a pulp detective story.

If you are a seller for this product, would you imsnishi to suggest updates through seller support? Dec 14, Jeanette rated it really liked it.

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First off, let me say imanishk kindle edition is full of errors that are obviously due to a print or PDF version of the book being run through optical character recognition software to be converted to ebook. I’ve never read a Japanese mystery novel before and within the first few pages, I knew I will want to read more.

Two months 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.

Inspector Imanishi has to discover who the victim is as well as the murderer.

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Some of the Japanese expressions used, the ones that make the book seem so authentic to me, sound really odd when put into English. 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 even be there, it’s scenes like this endear the main characters of this book to me.

Stumbling onto the Japanese film based on the book made it more so. A tantalizing double unveiling act. Why did a young woman scatter pieces of white paper out of the window of a train? We’re not talking about my carbon footprint. No one has any idea who he is or where he is from.

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There are many little Japanese characteristics revealed, I found it fascinating. Would the police be able to catch up with the murderer before the witnesses were all silent? From the poetic and somewhat evocative Japanese title “Su Translation is a difficult thing.