I just discovered that next month sees the release of a new book by Seicho Matsumoto. I say new, but more accurately it's a new translation. Sadly, very few of the crime master's books have thus far been translated into English. He died in 1992, but was far more prolific than the paltry English language translations would lead you to believe. If you've never read his books, Inspector Imanishi Investigates is a good place to start – it's a classic murder mystery/police procedural that transports you into what feels very much like authentic 1960's Japan. It's also the only book I can think of that has an unhealthy obsession with train timetables and yet doesn't require an anorak to hold your interest. This Amazon review adds a third good reason to buy the book, one more relevant to this blog…
Published originally in 1961, this is a book that is reminiscent of its
time (there's a technological twist and a highbrow cast of potential
villains). It has stood up well, though, and makes for a substantial
and satisfying read (like many Japanese novels, if you took out the
details of the meals eaten by the main character it would be 30 pages
Alors, I'm very much looking forward to recieving Pro Bono in December.