Inspector Imanishi Investigates

Inspector Imanishi Investigates

What can a group of nouveau young artists possibly have to do with the murder of a quiet and “saintly” provincial old ex-policemen? Inspector Imanishi investigates.

Author: Seicho Matsumoto

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 9781569479261

Category: Fiction

Page: 313

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In the wee hours of a 1960s Tokyo morning, a dead body is found under the rails of a train, and the victim's face is so badly damaged that police have a hard time figuring out the victim’s identity. Only two clues surface: an old man, overheard talking in a distinctive accent to a young man, and the word “kameda.” Inspector Imanishi leaves his beloved bonsai and his haiku and goes off to investigate—and runs up against a blank wall. 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 a heart attack? What can a group of nouveau young artists possibly have to do with the murder of a quiet and “saintly” provincial old ex-policemen? Inspector Imanishi investigates.
Categories: Fiction

Places for Dead Bodies

Places for Dead Bodies

Kuwahara had found another source for Imanishi. This was called Map of
Japanese Dialects. (Inspector Imanishi Investigates, p. 98) EICHO MATSUMOTO
WAS a prolific and noted writer of mystery novels and short stories, several of
which ...

Author: Gary J. Hausladen

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292779365

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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From Tony Hillerman's Navajo Southwest to Martin Cruz Smith's Moscow, an exotic, vividly described locale is one of the great pleasures of many murder mysteries. Indeed, the sense of place, no less than the compelling character of the detective, is often what keeps authors writing and readers reading a particular series of mystery novels. This book investigates how "police procedural" murder mysteries have been used to convey a sense of place. Gary Hausladen delves into the work of more than thirty authors, including Tony Hillerman, Martin Cruz Smith, James Lee Burke, David Lindsey, P. D. James, and many others. Arranging the authors by their region of choice, he discusses police procedurals set in America, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe, Moscow, Asia, and selected locales in other parts of the world, as well as in historical places ranging from the Roman Empire to turn-of-the-century Cairo.
Categories: Literary Criticism

100 Greatest Literary Detectives

100 Greatest Literary Detectives

None of Imanishi's colleagues in the Tokyo police station is a woman, and indeed
, there are few female characters in Inspector Imanishi Investigates. Those that do
appear are mostly relegated to subordinate or peripheral roles in the action.

Author: Eric Sandberg

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442278233

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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Crime fiction is one of the most popular literary genres and has been for more than a century. At the heart of almost all forms of mysteries—from the Golden Age puzzler to the contemporary police procedural, from American hardboiled fiction to the Japanese timetable mystery—is the investigator. He—or, increasingly, she—can be a private eye, a police officer, or a general busybody. But whatever forms these investigators take, they are the key element of crime fiction. Criminals and their crimes come and go, while our attention is captured by these fascinating characters who exist at the intersection of so many different literary and social roles. 100 Greatest Literary Detectives offers a selection of the most influential, important, and intriguing fictional sleuths—amateur or professional—from around the world. From Sherlock Holmes to Harry Hole, Kinsey Millhone to Kiyoshi Mitarai, the detectives profiled here give readers a broader picture of one of fiction’s most popular genres. Each entry summarizes the distinctive features of notable investigators and their approaches to crime, provides a brief outline of major features of their fictional careers, and makes a case for their importance based on literary-historical impact, novelty, uniqueness, aesthetic quality, or cultural resonance. The characters profiled here include Lew Archer, Martin Beck, Father Brown, Brother Cadfael, Adam Dalgliesh, Mike Hammer, Miss Jane Marple, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, Kay Scarpetta, Sam Spade, Phillip Trent, V. I. Warshawski, Lord Peter Wimsey, Nero Wolfe, and many others. Readers will find some of their favorite detectives here, learn more about their literary and cultural significance, and discover other great sleuths—old and new, local and international—in this engaging volume. 100 Greatest Literary Detectives provides a fascinating look into some of the most intriguing fictional characters of all time.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place

Seicho Matsumoto's thrillers dissect Japanese society."—The New York Times Book Review "A stellar psychological thriller with a surprising and immensely satisfying resolution that flows naturally from the book’s complex ...

Author: Seicho Matsumoto

Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press

ISBN: 9781908524645

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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"A master crime writer . . . Seicho Matsumoto's thrillers dissect Japanese society."—The New York Times Book Review "A stellar psychological thriller with a surprising and immensely satisfying resolution that flows naturally from the book’s complex characterizations.Readers will agree that Matsumoto (1909–1992) deserves his reputation as Japan’s Georges Simenon.-Publishers Weekly. While on a business trip to Kobe, Tsuneo Asai receives the news that his wife Eiko has died of a heart attack. Eiko had a heart condition so the news of her death wasn’t totally unexpected. But the circumstances of her demise left Tsuneo, a softly-spoken government bureaucrat, perplexed. How did it come about that his wife—who was shy and withdrawn, and only left their house twice a week to go to haiku meetings—ended up dead in a small shop in a shady Tokyo neighborhood? When Tsuneo goes to apologize to the boutique owner for the trouble caused by his wife’s death he discovers the villa Tachibana near by, a house known to be a meeting place for secret lovers. As he digs deeper into his wife's recent past, he must eventually conclude that she led a double life... Seicho Matsumoto was Japan's most successful thriller writer. His first detective novel, Points and Lines, sold over a million copies in Japan. Vessel of Sand, published in English as Inspector Imanishi Investigates in 1989, sold over four million copies and became a movie box-office hit.
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The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery

The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery

INSPECTOR IMANISHI INVESTIGATES (tr. 1989) First published in 1961 as
Suna no Utsuura (Vessel of Sand), this novel by Seicho MATSUMOTO won the
Akutagawa Literary Prize and the Japanese Mystery Writers' Prize. It concerns a ...

Author: B. Murphy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230107359

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 543

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Bruce Murphy's Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery is a comprehensive guide to the genre of the murder mystery that catalogues thousands of items in a broad range of categories: authors, titles, plots, characters, weapons, methods of killing, movie and theatrical adaptations. What distinguishes this encyclopedia from the others in the field is its critical stance.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Loyal Character Dancer

A Loyal Character Dancer

... a Cold Hard Light Death on Nantucket SeichöMatsumoto (Japan) Inspector
Imanishi Investigates Magdalen Nabb (Italy) Death of an Englishman Death of a
Dutchman Death in Springtime Death in Autumn The Marshal and the Murderer
The ...

Author: Qiu Xiaolong

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 9781569477946

Category: Fiction

Page: 360

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The second book in the Inspector Chen investigations Inspector Chen’s mentor in the Shanghai Police Bureau has assigned him to escort US Marshal Catherine Rohn. Her mission is to bring Wen, the wife of a witness in an important criminal trial, to the United States. Inspector Rohn is already en route when Chen learns that Wen has unaccountably vanished from her village in Fujian. Or is this just what he is supposed to believe? Chen resents his role; he would rather investigate the triad killing in Shanghai’s beautiful Bund Park. Li insists that saving face with Inspector Rohn takes priority. So Chen Cao, the ambitious son of a father who imbued him with Confucian precepts, must tread warily as he tries once again to be a good cop, a good man and also a loyal Party member.
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The House Sitter

The House Sitter

... Water Death in a Mood Indigo Deathina Cold Hard Light Death on Nantucket
SeichöMatsumoto (Japan) Inspector Imanishi Investigates Magdalen Nabb (Italy)
Death of. Stan Jones cont. Frozen Sun Village of the Ghost Bears Tundra Kill The
 ...

Author: Peter Lovesey

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 9781569477595

Category: Fiction

Page: 346

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The corpse of a beautiful woman, clad in only a bathing suit, is found strangled to death on a popular Sussex beach. When she is finally identified, it turns out she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty, who was working on the case of a serial killer. And though she was a Bath resident, the authorities don't want Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond to investigate the murder. How strange. What could they be trying to hide?
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The Light Theatre Opened to Universe II

The Light Theatre Opened to Universe  II

English translated book of Matsumoto Seicho is “Tokyo Express”, “Inspector
Imanishi Investigates (Soho Crime)”. “Zero Focus” is just a missing-person,
detective fiction story, but it includes many metaphorical symbols, which I believe
nobody ...

Author: Kazuo Ueno

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781483663913

Category: Philosophy

Page: 89

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How was seventeenth-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's idea was influenced by Christian Huygens? Perhaps in the sense of subconsciousness and eventually how it was realized by the method called Mitate (look alike) in his painting as Heaven and Earth. His painting represents the universe itself.
Categories: Philosophy

The New York Times Book Review

The New York Times Book Review

CRIME LINE INSPECTOR IMANISHI INVESTIGATES By Seicho Matsumoto .
Translated by Beth Cary . 313 pp . New York : Soho Press . $ 18.95 . AMERICA'S
MOST WANTED LIST By Janwillem van de Wetering Western reader is dismayed
 ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015048850476

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The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction

The book many consider his best , Suna no utsawa , is available as Inspector
Imanishi Investigates . Through solid basic detective work and intriguing clues ,
including a particular Japanese dialect , Imanishi works his way through the
strata of ...

Author: Michael Ashley

Publisher: Constable

ISBN: UCSC:32106011224422

Category: Crime in literature

Page: 780

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A reference and overview of the genre of crime fiction, primarily covering the 1950s onwards, although major earlier writers, such as Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, also have entries.
Categories: Crime in literature

Twentieth century Crime and Mystery Writers

Twentieth century Crime and Mystery Writers

Author: Gerald Siegal

Publisher: Chicago : St. James Press

ISBN: UOM:39015031788394

Category: American fiction

Page: 1294

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**** Cited in Sheehy and BCL3. The foremost reference in the field, completely revised and updated, and now covering about 600 authors, mainly English-language writers whose work appeared during or since the time of Conan Doyle. The entry for each writer consists of a biography, a bibliography, and a signed critical essay. Living authors were invited to add a comment on their work; many of them accepted, and their remarks are both entertaining and enlightening. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Categories: American fiction

Far Eastern Economic Review

Far Eastern Economic Review

The Chinese government may be trying to destroy Tibetan culture , but its power
and resilience become apparent to Shan and the reader . INSPECTOR IMANISHI
INVESTIGATES by Seicho Matsumoto Soho , 313 pages , $ 13 MOGHUL ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105123022290

Category: East Asia

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Asia's premier business magazine. The magazine reports on politics, business, economics, technology and social and cultural issues throughout Asia, with a particular emphasis on both Southeast Asia and China.
Categories: East Asia

The Armchair Detective

The Armchair Detective

My personal favorite is Inspector Imanishi Investigates (Soho Press, NY, 1989), in
which a very dogged police detective ... Jiro Ikushima writes very literate novels
with unexpected twists, (Three Sisters Investigate, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1985).

Author: Allen J. Hubin

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X006064136

Category: Detective and mystery stories, American

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Categories: Detective and mystery stories, American

A Reader s Guide to the Police Procedural

A Reader s Guide to the Police Procedural

Seicho Matsumoto Inspector Imanishi Investigates Inspector Imanishi Eitaro and
New York : Kodansha , 1970 . Detective Yoshimura Hiroshi The body of a man is
found under a train where he had been placed after being strangled , then his ...

Author: Jo Ann Vicarel

Publisher: G. K. Hall

ISBN: STANFORD:36105018251962

Category: Reference

Page: 402

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Provides fully annotated entries on 1,115 mystery titles by such writers of this genre as Ngaio Marsh and John Creasey, and covers more recent works by Patricia Cornwell and Tony Hillerman
Categories: Reference

Japan Quarterly

Japan Quarterly

Tenacious legwork , which takes Police Inspector Imanishi all over Japan and
exposes the dark aftermath of the war , finally pays off , but not before various
individuals have committed ... Literature Theater Inspector Imanishi Investigates .

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ISBN: UOM:39015020753839

Category: Japan

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Categories: Japan

Books in Print

Books in Print

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105025888483

Category: American literature

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Categories: American literature

Poets Writers

Poets   Writers

95 paper INSPECTOR IMANISHI INVESTIGATES SEICHO MATSUMOTO |
INSPECTOR novel INANISHI " . . . one of the triumphs of INVESTIGATES
Japanese crime fiction . . . belongs on your book shelf KOMOO next to Christie
and Simenon ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015068952202

Category: Authors, American

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Categories: Authors, American