Inspector Imanishi Investigates

Seicho Matsumoto

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Penguin Classics
2 May 2024
ISBN: 9780241694701
Paperback
352 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Beth Cary

A thrilling crime classic, from the bestselling author of Tokyo Express

Tokyo, 1960. As the first rays of morning light hit the rails at Kamata Station, a man’s body is found on the tracks. With only two leads – a distinctive accent and a single word, ‘kameda’ – senior inspector Imanishi Eitaro is called in to solve the puzzle.

Setting aside his beloved bonsai and haikus, he must cross Japan in search of answers, from Osaka to Akita, accompanied by junior detective Yoshimura. At each new town, they encounter traces of the avant-garde Nouveau Group – young Tokyo artists who are bringing new ideas from the West. What to make of this modern collective? And how to stop another mysterious death occurring? Inspector Imanishi investigates…

A fascinating glimpse into Japanese society at a time of great change, this is one of Seicho Matsumoto’s best-loved novels – a riveting mystery from the master of Japanese crime.

A gripping thriller spiralling around one of Matsumoto’s intricately constructed, classic puzzles, the book immerses the reader in 1960s Japanese culture, as the detectives travel across the country, interacting with people from all walks of life (and eating some delicious food!)