Seicho Matsumoto is writing about Japan for Japanese readers.
As I read this book I could hear the cadence of the Japanese in my mind, envisage the depth of the bows and who was bowing more deeply to whom.
I feel like I have seen a particular portrait of Japan in the decade or so after the war destroyed so much.
I liked this book on two levels: It was a first class detective novel, featuring the patient, methodical Inspector Imanishi, and it was a window into Tokyo 50 years ago. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ebisu
Cons first: there are too many coincidences in the plot. Pros: Fascinating murder mystery offering great insight into Japanese society ca. 1959; beautiful translation by Beth Cary.Published 21 months ago by B. Martin
This is the book that served as the basis for the Japanese hit movie "Castle of Sand". The book is excellent, and well translated, and tells a story that the entire world... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Usagi3
This is a worthwhile read, with an unusual protagonist (for crime fiction)· Inspector Imanishi is likeable, well-adjusted, and conscientious. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by James Kendall
First off, this is a decent book. It essentially kept me reading until the end and I did get a sense that I wanted questions answered and I wanted to essentially know "who did it... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by James
Very interesting read. I loved the way he incorporated the Japanese customs into the book which made it all the more interesting. Certainly a different style of crime bookPublished on December 4, 2012 by jane ramus
The only thing that I do not want to give this book 5 stars is that there are too many misprints. Maybe this book is not so popular so the publisher do not care to correct their... Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Moo
"The murderer had viciously battered the victim's face after death, indicating that the criminal was someone who hated the victim a great deal, or that the murderer had intended to... Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Michele Kingery
At once a great detective novel but also a small window into another time in another culture--this compact book does the neat trick of slowing down time, such that, while the main... Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Juba Lee