Inspector Iminishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto and Give-Away

Is there anything more exciting to read than a perfectly executed mystery? This novel, Inspector Iminishi Investigates, is one of the best mysteries I’ve ever read. It contains a series of events which seem impossible to tie together unless the author goes through a series of convoluted steps to bring them under his control. But far from being contrived, or implausible, or manipulated, Matsumoto describes a case with an admirable inspector; one who is able to piece together perfectly each seemingly incongruous discovery into a mesmerizing conclusion. There is even a method of murder which I have never heard about, or read about, in my life. Amazing. Well done, Matsumoto. No wonder your novel won the Akutagawa Literary Prize, the Japanese Mystery Writers’ Prize, and is also named a New York Times Notable Book.

To win my copy of this outstanding work, simply leave a comment below. A winner will be declared a week from today.

The Parrish Lantern. Congratulations, Parrish, and thank you for all your encouragement for the JLC5!

35 thoughts on “Inspector Iminishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto and Give-Away”

  1. How can I resist this giveaway? 🙂 I see you are reading Yamada's "Strangers". It was the cover that reminded me I bought it a few years ago and haven't read it. What a shame! I might start it this year, if I have the time… So many books, so little time!


  2. I love mysteries! And I love international books, so thanks for letting me know about this one. 🙂 My library doesn't have a copy, so I'd love to throw my hat in the giveaway ring (astripedarmchairATgmailDOTcom)!(P.S.: sorry I dropped the ball on Mathilde! Meds affected me more than I expected, and then the internet died.)


  3. I would love to enter this, I have never heard of Inspector Iminishi. I am in Wales, not sure if your giveaway is international?My email is cerievans1[at]gmail[dot]com.


  4. This sounds right up my strada & an Akutagawa Literary Prize winner definitely has my interest. Please enter me .Grazie. PS. Taichi Yamada's book I adored, one of my early excursions into the world of Japanese Literature.


  5. Parrish, I am crazy about Strangers. What a great book so far! We'll talk as soon as I finish it. But, I'm on a streak of great Japanese thrillers/mysteries with the start of Villain (thanks to you).


  6. If you like Strangers, you may enjoy- I haven't dreamt of flying for a while, by Taichi Yamada.I posted on both of these last year, so will be interested in your opinion when you've finished.


  7. I've had this one on my wishlist for a while but for some reason haven't managed to pick up a copy yet. Glad to hear you liked it, and I'm definitely intrigued. Would love to throw my name in the hat too. 🙂


  8. And written in 1961! If I don't win, I shall buy a copy. This is something I'd really like to read. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.


  9. Nan, funny how you should mention one of the things I loved as well. It's not obvious to me as an American that it was written in 1961, but the sixties were such a great era (miss them!). I think one can tell from the incredible amount of respect that the characters use in their dialogue that this was not written to describe a current era. Although I find the Japanese far more respectful as a general rule.


  10. Wow, one of the beat mysteries you've ever read – that's some recommendation! I recently read another Akutagawa (?) prize winner: All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe. That was fun, so I'd love to enter your giveaway!


  11. Gnoe, I guess the words “one of the best mysteries I've ever read” are a bit strong. I just trying to express how satisfying the conclusion was in this particular novel. While I read All She Was Worth, and another Miyabe novel I'm currently forgetting, the endings do not stick with me. Nor, in fact, do the murders themselves as to purpose or method. But this novel ties everything together flawlessly, and the ending made me sigh.


  12. This sounds like a great book-please enter me in the giveaway for which I thank you

    I urge everyone to go register for book blog appreciation week and vote as I have done for the Japanese Literature 5 Challenge for best book blog event-


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