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The Bogus Buddha: A Superintendent Otani Mystery Hardcover – February, 1991

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Disjointed and confusing, this 11th tale in the Superintendent Otani series ( A Haiku for Hanae ) is a resounding disappointment. Japanese police superintendent Tetsuo Otani is alerted by his sister-in-law, professor Michiko Yanagida, to the strange atmosphere at the first session of the International Summer School on the Traditional Arts and Crafts of Japan, which she is attending at Anraku-in. While Otani and his wife, Hanae, meet with Michiko, gangster Keizo Hosoda celebrates his release from prison with friends. Then Minoru Kido, the Japanese head of the summer school, succumbs to the third attempt on his life and Hosoda turns up missing. Otani and his troops investigate. A good portion of the book is squandered on stilted matchmaking as Otani's men are paired with female professors at the summer school. Fans will be dismayed by the lack of actual detecting and a dearth of the insights into Japanese customs and thought that have distinguished Melville's previous books.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (February 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684192470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684192475
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,634,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Mello on March 6, 2012
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I like the Otani mysteries and read about 4 of them in the 80s when they originally appeared in paperback. I just recently decided to get all of the titles in the series...they were very difficult to find back in the 80s and 90s even when they were in print.

Contrary to the official summary of this book, I did not find this book disjointed at all; it moves around among the puzzle pieces very rapidly but I had no trouble following it. This plot involves all of the crew at Otani's police headquarters (Kimura, Noguchi, Hara, Junko Migishima) as well as his wife Hanae and her younger sister Michiko.

There are two things that make this book stand out: some personal developments among the returning cast of characters and the most unusual method of murder I have ever read of in a mystery. Indeed, if Otani had not been forewarned of a possible murder taking place, the murder would probably never have been discovered. A most memorable edition to the Otani series.

Note to self: make sure NONE of my relatives reads this book so I do not become unsuspected murder victim when I become a cranky disagreeable old crone.
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Inspector Otani novels have to be read by any serious detective story maven. The book came in great condition. Good turn around time.
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