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Combining an intriguing case and some very evocative travel around 1960s Japan, Inspector Imanishi Investigates is a murder-mystery that feels tense and oddly calm at the same time. As we follow Imanishi as he investigates a case that keeps expanding, we are offered an intimate opportunity to look into the lives of the working-class of Japan in the 50s & 60s, as well as insight into the political and cultural evolution of the country. While the writing style is pared-down and precise, the mystery itself is twisty and complex, which makes for a truly gripping read.

Inspector Imanishi Investigates; Seicho Matsumoto - trans. by Beth Cary

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