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Inspector Imanishi investigates (vuoden 1989 painos)

Tekijä: Seichō Matsumoto

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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.
Teoksen nimi:Inspector Imanishi investigates
Kirjailijat:Seichō Matsumoto
Info:New York, NY : Soho Press, ©1989.
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Inspector Imanishi Investigates (tekijä: Matsumoto Seichō)


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First, I am a long-time resident of Japan, so I'm very familiar with Japanese culture, though not the same Japan as depicted here in 1960 Showa Japan. This book both compelled and exasperated me. I rather like the methodical research done by Imanishi as he pursues leads, many of which don't pan out. On the other hand, I hated the coincidences and leaps of logic that struck me as highly improbable. I truly hated the subplot about what turned out to be an unlikely murder weapon (which I won't describe, as it's a spoiler).The depiction of Imanishi's wife made me laugh. Her only function is to prepare meals and suitcases, relate gossip from the neighborhood, and entertain Imanishi's sister, In a movie version, her character was dispensed with, to no apparent disadvantage. This book compelled me to read on, but I found myself equally pleased and displeased at what transpired. I may have given this book too many stars, but somehow I like it. ( )
  texasstorm | Jul 7, 2022 |
Cumulative effects work wonderfully in this novel. And not just the amassing of clues and facts you would expect for a crime thriller such as this. It also applies to the atmosphere, the period of Japan during the early 1960s, which is why I was interested in Inspector Imanishi Investigates in the first place.

I looked into this story because I wanted something out of time and place, whose environment would be nostalgic yet exotic. Tokyo and Japan in 1961 fit the bill perfectly. At first I was disappointed. There didn't seem to be much exotic about it at all. Just a drab, colorless train yard in a big city that, if anything, seemed reflective of American hard-boiled thrillers. Then, things began to change. Slightly. The environs of Tokyo gave way to more descriptive settings in the mountains and countryside. And the cityscape became more interesting. All of a sudden, the novel seemed to bring to life the transition Japan was undergoing at the time. Just a few years later, in 1964, the Tokyo Olympics would herald modern postwar Japan's re-emergence as a major economic and political power. That sense of unveiling is here, too, in Inspector Imanishi Investigates.

The bleak Tokyo landscape begins to acquire a unique character. Much like Imanishi himself, whose desperate crowded bonsai garden seeks to maintain a connection with the past, so does the new Tokyo, with its freshly sprouting apartment buildings barely coexist with the diminishing number of old prewar houses, literally casting them into shadows. Imanishi, his colleagues, and his family, nonetheless, have come to terms with the times. Amidst the gargantuan and at times inhospitable and inhuman nature of all the "Newness," the warrens of teahouses, noodle shops, and old stores provide a nest for tradition.

By chance, I happened to be reading The Pillow Book while also reading Inspector Imanishi Investigates. The courtly etiquette and mannerisms of that 1000 year-old book still linger in Inspector Imanishi, with the polished rituals of letter writing, the messaging through haiku, and even the symbols of old artisan craftsmanship as exemplified through the abacus maker and the handmade lacquered specialties. All the more poignant it is made to seem when Imanishi acknowledges towards the end that it is time to make way for a younger generation.

By the end, then, the novel has provided a unique and, for the Western reader, exotic look at a Japan quickly succumbing to the modern and the new, although Imanishi has put it off for just a while yet. That is what made it so enjoyable for me. Not to mention that the crime story itself is a puzzle piece masterfully brought together at book's end. I'll be reading more of Matsumoto's work soon. ( )
  PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
Very enjoyable. Great characters and an interesting puzzle to solve. If it were being written today, this would undoubtedly be the first of many installments, but in 1961 you could write a one-off. ( )
  Sunita_p | May 30, 2019 |
A carefully-plotted mystery, one solitary and thoughtful male detective (makes me think of a more melancholy Martin Beck), and detailed descriptions of the contradictions of postwar Japanese society ... turns out when these things are combined, it makes for a very interesting book. A slow-moving mystery that takes its time to build up the case. ( )
  subabat | Mar 19, 2018 |
This is an old school police procedural set in Japan. Written by Seicho Matsumoto in the early sixties, it's a peek into Japan, a generation ago. In a structured society, still recovering from the aftermath of WWII, Imanishi hunts for the killer of a man found murdered at a rail yard in Tokyo. The investigation takes time, with information requested by letter and with Imanishi following though with every elusive lead.

This book reminded me of the Martin Beck series by Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowell, where the investigation isn't wrapped up quickly and there are no guns fired, but the case is solved by solid and dogged police persistence. ( )
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