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.
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