Inspector Imanishi Investigates

Inspector Imanishi Investigates


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ISBN-13: 9781569470190
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 313
Sales rank: 825,144
Product dimensions: 4.99(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)

About the Author

Native of Fukuoka Prefecture and prolific writer of socially oriented detective and mystery fiction, Matsumoto debuted as a writer after reaching the age of forty with the historically based Saigo Takamori Chits, 1950, and The Legend of the Kokura Diary, 1952. He then went on to establish his unique style of detective fiction with the works The Walls Have Eyes, 1957, and Points and Lines, 1958. Matsumoto made a name for himself as the writer of suspense novels that were accesible to all kinds of readership, but it was his historical novel The Ogura Diary Chronicles that earned him The 28th Akutagawa Prize, the Japanese equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. The popular Japanese TV show "Black Leather Notebook" was based on his novel of the same name, and several of his detective fiction works have been published in the US (SoHo Crime and Kodansha International).

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Inspector Imanishi Investigates 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
LordVader More than 1 year ago
Fastastic book, led me into an addiction to police procedurals, and disappointment that this didn't become a series like Rebus or Wallander or Winter or Gunther...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding mystery with a twist!
Capfox on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Here we have another Japanese book that I've read in translation this year, and this one's been kicking around in my collection for quite a long time. Turns out, I probably should have gotten to it sooner.Plot-wise, there's a dead body found at a train station in Tokyo, badly beaten, and there are very few clues to go on; the guy had an accent associated with the Tohoku region of Japan, and he referred to "Kameda." From there, our intrepid detective, Imanishi, has to figure out what happens, and in the process, work out a lot of related issues. It's a fairly roundabout plot, with a lot of red herrings, and a course of investigation that seems to have little to do with the main case. Things come together nicely, though, in the end, and I found the ending quite interesting.The characters, beyond the main one and the two main suspects, are pretty thin; even the secondary detective character doesn't come across that clearly. Imanishi's family, and such, only seem to be there in order to say that he has one, in some ways. Still, those characters that are important have enough detail to follow and predict and such, and that can be enough. Mysteries, because they may take a look at a broader slice of a country than other forms of literature, can shed a light on areas in a culture which otherwise might go unnoticed. This book is a good example of that, I think; there's some oblique commentary on the onset of a new generation and the effects that has on a society, and also of the way people are treated when they don't fit the society norm. There's also a fair amount of dissonance for me brought on by a fairly contemporary but much less technologically advanced Japan; as has already been pointed out to me, this is a factor in older books from many cultures, but Japan in my mind just stands out, considering its image as so tech-oriented. (I mean, 16 hours from Tokyo to Akita by train? Or 20 to Okayama? Weird.)Anyway, it's a pretty good read, but the translation is a bit choppy, and that gets it a few demerits. All in all, it's enjoyable, though, and it's considered a masterpiece of Japanese detective fiction, so if you've an interest in that sort of thing, giving this a shot would make sense.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing 21 days ago
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. The victim has not been killed by the train; his face was bashed in and he was strangled. The only clues the police have are that he spoke with a northern dialect, and the word "Kameda" was overheard in a conversation between the murderer and his victim in a bar. So from these two clues as a starting point, Inspector Imanishi of Tokyo must track down a killer. While he is searching for clues, a woman commits suicide and there are two other murders. Are they all related? And if so, how? This is the task of the Inspector.I absolutely loved this story. It had layers and layers of clues, red herrings, dead ends, multiple suspects & no gratuitous sex. It was written in 1961,but except for some of the technology, you'd never know it.I highly recommend this as a mystery novel to be read by lovers of serious mystery stories.
c.pergiel on LibraryThing 23 days ago
A pleasant, interesting read. A great number of Japanese character names and place names made it a bit of a challenge to follow. I wonder if the reading experience would have been different if the names had been changed to something more familiar.Little bits of Japanese culture poke through here and there, plus the book dates from 1961. Have to wonder about conditions in Japan at that time. There is even some mention of WWII, some people the inspector wanted to talk to were killed in a bombing raid. Likewise, some records he wanted were destroyed in the same fire bombing raid.The plot was complex, and with the unfamiliar names it was sometimes a bit difficult to follow. Still, a very good story.
2_Many_Movies More than 1 year ago
Good but not great, a disappointment for me. I prefer the author Hagashino. The original title of this novel was Vessel of Sand, a movie version Castle of Sand was made in the sixties starring Tetsuro Tamba (you can view it on HuluPlus). I enjoy the movie very much but did not know of the relationship to this book before I read the book. The movie simplified many of the confusing facts and eliminated the coincidences that make the novel confusing and barely believeable. I enjoyed the writing style and local history, customs and lifestyle information gleaned during the Inspector's travels around the country. But all the hocus pocus about electronic frequencies causing physical deaths is a bit much and the coincidences abound: for example, the inspector's sister runs a boarding house that a girlfriend of a suspect rents from! When she realizes a policeman is interested in her, she leaves. Out of all of Tokyo why would a main suspect rent from a relative of the inspector involved in the case? Another one is when the inspector accidentally reads a newspaper article that casts major evidence into his view. Sure, coincidences happen but a few too many here. Normally with crime novels the reader learns as the detective learns, but in this case, you only learn at the final explanation what happened. Interesting but confusing series of events that lead up to the conclusion.
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