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Inspector Imanishi Investigates (Soho crime) [Paperback]

Seicho Matsumoto , Beth Cary
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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24 May 1999 Soho crime
The corpse of an unknown provincial is discovered under the rails of a train in a Tokyo station, and Detective Imanishi is assigned to the case.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press Inc; New edition edition (24 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569470197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569470190
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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This excellent work both of creation and translation, is a stand out novel of this genre. Starting from an unsolved, brutal murder the author takes us deep into Japanese society at every level. Acutely observed and refreshingly well written this novel evokes a world at once foreign and familiar to Western readers. The protagonist is a creation of vivid reality who is a product of his society and an observer in the mode of a Camus hero. This police procedural is highly recommended to lovers of this style and anyone who enjoys a well written novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and memorable 18 Oct 2008
By Sporus
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Published originally in 1961, this is a book that is reminiscent of its time (there's a technological twist and a highbrow cast of potential villains). It has stood up well, though, and makes for a substantial and satisfying read (like many Japanese novels, if you took out the details of the meals eaten by the main character it would be 30 pages slimmer!). There are no great surprises and no heroics - just absorbingly dogged police work by an otherwise domesticated soul leading to a mildly moralised conclusion. A treat for Japanophiles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By BusyB
Imanishi is a likeable and believable character. Japan through his eyes is an unforgettable experience. Rich in tradition and history, a complex and political whodunnit. A must for anyone who likes Japanese literature - this is much more than a simple detective novel. Very sad I can't find more of Imanishi in English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer genius! 1 Nov 2008
By S. Aust
One of the best crime novels ever. Elegant, sleek, intelligent, political - and true vintage. As relevant today as in 1961! Tokyo really comes to life. It's similar in its style to the Swedish Sjowall/Walljo mysteries.

It's completely incomprehensible to me why this author is virtually unknown in the West. Anyone who loves crime novels will love this book.

Could someone please translate all the other Matsumoto novels?! I'm sure there is a huge untapped market.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 2 May 2014
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Really enjoy it. Not only it is a good criminal but it nicely shows custom and life in Japanese society
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping police investigation 4 Mar 2014
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I really enjoyed the details of the investigation and the twists and turns in the hunt for the killer. I like the way the clues built up slowly after the discovery of the body and a seemingly perfect crime.
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