Native of Fukuoka Prefecture and prolific writer of socially oriented detective and mystery fiction, Matsumoto debuted as a writer after reaching the age of forty with the historically based Saigo Takamori Chits, 1950, and The Legend of the Kokura Diary, 1952. He then went on to establish his unique style of detective fiction with the works The Walls Have Eyes, 1957, and Points and Lines, 1958. Matsumoto made a name for himself as the writer of suspense novels that were accesible to all kinds of readership, but it was his historical novel The Ogura Diary Chronicles that earned him The 28th Akutagawa Prize, the Japanese equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. The popular Japanese TV show "Black Leather Notebook" was based on his novel of the same name, and several of his detective fiction works have been published in the US (SoHo Crime and Kodansha International).
The corpse of an unknown provincial is discovered under the rails of a train in a Tokyo station, and Detective Imanishi is assigned to the case. ``Matsumoto is reputed to be Japan's leading mystery writer; this 1961 work is proof that he is a first-rate novelist,'' judged PW. (Oct.)
Praise for Inspector Imanishi Investigates
"A police procedural in the classic tradition of . . .
P.D. James's Commander Dalgliesh."
--The New York Times "Patient, meticulous stories [that] offer an anatomy of a society as much as a picture of a crime."
--The Economist "A master crime writer."
--Jan van de Wetering, author of Outsider in Amsterdam "The most intricate web of detection . . . A tantalizing double unveiling act . . . Belongs on your shelf next to Christie and Simenon, P.D. James and Robert Van Gulik. A superb thriller."
--Los Angeles Times "An intriguing slice of the mores and habits of Japanese society . . . Seicho Matsumoto combines the prolific output of a Rex Stout with the literary qualities of Elmore Leonard."
--San Francisco Chronicle