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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It took me a while to work out that it was set and written so long in the past as the attention to police work and the tone seemed really modern.

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Women have their completely traditional gender “roles” here. Email Address never made public. The story begins when the body of an unknown old imanisni 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 conversations between individuals are always impeccably courteous, measured and polite — even between the police and the criminals they are arresting. While he is searching for clues, a woman commits suicide and there are two other murders. An avant garde art group consisting of a painter, a dramatist, an architect, a composer and a critic weaves into and out of the story in the beginning, and we get tantalizing snippets of various characters and sub narratives.


What is she, some sort of crimebusting jazz singer? And if so, how?

Feb 11, Starfish rated it really liked it Ibspector Having just visited Japan, I felt there was something authentically Japanese about this attention to detail, perhaps even at the expense of the overall or general.

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. You have to be patient with this novel because it does start off slowly. All She Was Worth.

He was a prolific author, he wrote until his death inproducing in four decades more than works. Pages with related products. Because of that I would say it is almost at a cozy read level, but its as if you needed to use another type of imanoshi to get there.

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And there is a strange, strange pattern too of so many deaths of those under 40 or just past it. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The emerging young people in the cultural vangua I liked Inspector Imanishi very much. With the introduction of the nouveau group, the gaps became more noticeable.

Why did a young woman scatter pieces of white paper out of the window of a train? The English version of this story is much difficult to read because the text contents so many names for locations, towns and train lines. Seicho Matsumoto does a fine job conveying Inspector Imanishi’s systematic murder investigation within the rigid social structure of post war Japan. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.


The plot is engaging and Matsumoto is more gifted at portraying relationships and character than many of his better known contemporaries. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This site uses cookies. Dec 14, Jeanette rated it really liked it.

There were bits here and there that were useful in that regard. Nov 12, Kerry rated it really liked it Shelves: While I’m only giving it a 3, it has enough going for it that I may try some of Matsumoto’s other works in the future.

Inspector Imanishi Investigates Soho Crime. I prefer to put it into general fiction. A murder victim found on imanisho train tracks in late 20th century Tokyo remains unidentified for the longest time, until a bumpki This was an interesting detective story, though a little overly complicated, perhaps even mired in the details.

James and Robert Van Gulik. Soho Crime; Revised ed. 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.

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