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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Imnishi. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Insepctor Matsumoto. Only two clues surface: Months pass in fruitless questioning, in following up leads, until the case is closed, unsolved.
But Imanishi is dissatisfied, and a series of coincidences lead him back to the case. Why did a young woman scatter pieces of white paper out of the window of a train? Why did a bar girl leave for home right after Imanishi spoke to her? Why did an actor, on the verge of telling Imanishi something important, drop dead of investigatws heart attack?
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Be the first to ask a question about Inspector Imanishi Investigates. Lists with This Book. Dec 27, Jokoloyo rated it really liked it. A Japanese crime fiction with a lot of locations for setting. Reading this novel made me want to imagine the sceneries.
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 inpector Tokyo theatres to ancient Ise Shrine; from poor mountain village to elite and intellectual communities.
This story is not only telling police procedural investigation, but also private-eye style investigation of Inspector Imanishi. S A Ibspector crime fiction with a imanishj of locations for setting. So, this is not a pure close-room murder. But the mystery is good, and I believe in s the plot twist would be unimaginable. Imanishi and other characters were written as round characters, and that made this novel more enjoyable than as crime fictions.
I prefer to put it into general fiction. I highly recommend it for how the novel picturing the Japanese culture and social invedtigates of s.
After having really enjoyed Matsumoto’s A Quiet Place my review is here: I was ready to have my mind blown by this Possibly that’s because the book was written a good 10 years earlier, I’m not sure. And whIle I enjoyed Imanishi’s dogged pursuit of clues around s Japan, complete with intentional and unintentional glimpses of Japan’s work ethic, sense of personal responsibility and non-existent home-life, something about the mystery After having really enjoyed Matsumoto’s A Quiet Place my review is here: And whIle I enjoyed Imanishi’s dogged pursuit of clues around s Japan, complete with intentional and unintentional glimpses of Japan’s work ethic, sense of personal responsibility and non-existent home-life, something about the mystery rankled.
I think coincidences are like exclamation points; you are allowed one per novel, any more than that and you risk jolting the reader awake from the fictive dream.
Well, I was nudged out of that happy place by several: All very suspicious coincidences if they had happened in a little village, but in megapolis Tokyo? Download my starter library for free here – http: The book has always been considered by many as Mr. The story begins when the body of an unknown old man was discovered in a Tokyo railway station, the victim’s face was so ba The Castle of Sand Suna no utsuwa by Seicho Matasumoto is a surprisingly engaging 4.
The story begins when the body of an unknown old man was discovered in a Tokyo railway station, the victim’s face was so badly damaged that police had a hard time only to figure out the victim’s identity. Once the victim was finally identified, the police was surprised to learn the victim was a well-respected retired cop who had visibly no enemy.
With no suspect, no motive, no evident and no eyewitness being found, the police’s investigation quickly met a dead-end. 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 famous young artists; but what is the link between a retired cop and a group of up-and-coming artists?
Who would want to kill a well adored retired man when there is seemingly no motive? Would the police be able to catch up with the murderer before the witnesses were all silent? The Castle of Sand is not one of those Godlike Detective v. I am impressed by how Mr. Matsumoto wrote the two police officers and described how they interacted with their families and coworkers.
I investugates like the pair of police officers are no Inveshigates Detectives, 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. I especially enjoy imanishhi 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.
Through invstigates writing, I come to know what the daily life of the Japanese s working class was like. I’m especially impressed by how Mr. To be honest, some parts of the book are a bit dry and dull, but it is still an breathtaking, touching investigatee novel with depth and insight into human nature and suffering.
After reading the novel, I’m ready to watch its s movie adaptation. Information of the movie: View all 4 comments. Oct 16, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent, smart, intricately constructed, seamlessly translated, police procedural, by the dean of postwar Japanese mystery writers.
Dec 14, Jeanette rated it really liked it. Finally finished this one. Not a book I could read straight off! In fact, I think I paused after each 3 or 4 chapters and left it for awhile. 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. But the last quarter of the book made up for it. 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.
This is his “one that got away” case and the one in which he and his district group were self-deemed “failure”. At points I thought it supremely simplistic and childishly naive to how a coroner declared the cause of death and other medical and scientific issues.
But it turns out, I was wrong about that aspect and didn’t even see the weapon. Women have their completely traditional gender “roles” here. Even those bar hostesses and clerks with jobs. And the address and formal parts of interchange are those of past Japan, although still with remnants of WWII voids in domicile records and citizens’ documented proofs.
And there is a strange, strange pattern too of so many deaths of those under 40 or just past it. As if 30 different people, with not a one getting to 60 is “norm”. But this takes a bunch of patience. It’s like reading much more verbose and overblown Russian classics in abbreviated sentence length.
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The names are nearly impossible. 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.
Not easy to follow and with so much repetition to a particular fact the bloody shirt not working on a train or any public exposure method being one of those that was mentioned at least 50 times or to a imanisshi description? Because of that I would say it is almost at a cozy read level, investigares its as if you needed to use another type of alphabet to get there. And here I am, a reader who is stuck with only the 26 letters that I connote well. But you do get to know Imanishi and his wife and her sister down to personality quirks.
Although the way he tells her to polish his shoes and get his green tea poured over rice just right, really did grate on me after awhile. Obviously hers is the fate to wait and to serve. And yet, I would read the next one, but give it tons of time with easier reads around it.
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It can get quite tedious, be warned. I almost gave it 3 stars. But the last quarter did make me round it up. This is far better than his short stories, IMHO. Nov 07, David rated it really liked it Shelves: Even on bank holidays. He invsetigates annual leave He spends his wife’s savings on investigating.
In the best traditions of these fictional detectives, Imanishi has annoying hobbies that have to be mentioned in every other chapter. His are haiku and bonsai. It reminds me of a scene from the best TV comedy ever written, ‘Spaced’: What is she, some sort of crimebusting jazz singer?