Months pass in fruitless questioning, in following up leads, until the case is closed, unsolved. But Imanishi is dissatisfied, and a series of coincidences lead him back to the case. Why did a young woman scatter pieces of white paper out of the window of a train? Why did a bar girl leave for home right after Imanishi spoke to her?
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The eponymous police officer begins investigating the murder of an unknown man found on the railroad tracks, and starting with almost no clues, he travels around Japan to make sense of the crime and find the killer. The novel also centers on a group of trendy young artists called the Nouveau Circle, who seem to have some connection to the murder.
Contains examples of: Asshole Victim : Deliberately inverted. The murder victim turns out to have been a kind, philanthropic man loved by all who knew him. Thus, the mystery is both a question of "who killed him" and "why would anyone kill him". Specifically, his supposed parents were a couple killed in a bombing raid in Osaka at the very end of World War Two , and he falsified records so that he would seem to be their son.
Determinator : Imanishi essentially becomes completely devoted to pursuing one case and starts with little to no evidence, but eventually finds enough to catch the killer. Musical Assassin : A realistic take on this is the solution to some of the other murders. Never One Murder : Played straight, but except for the one that starts the plot going, all deaths seem to be from accidents or natural causes.
Older Hero vs. The older generation are those who were young men and women right after World War Two and when they were young rebels, they did so with idealistic motives. In contrast, the new generation of young rebels are selfish and devoted to True Art Is Incomprehensible.
The solitary clue is a name: Kameda. It leads nowhere until from the Homicide Division comes Inspector Imanishi Eitaro, a dogged, respected investigator, minimally educated, genteel, a gardener fond of haiku. When the case is closed unsuccessfully, he pursues the investigation on his own. From the Japanese Sea to the Pacific, from Tokyo to the rural north, Imanishi pursues his quarry, using up vacation days and off-duty hours. Peasants, politicians, movie makers, actors, doctors, scholars — the hunt for the murderer takes him into the recesses of Japanese society and the Japanese psyche.
Inspector Imanishi Investigates
Imanishi and other ianishi were written as round characters, and that made this novel more enjoyable than as crime fictions. After months with no leads the investigation is going nowhere, but the determined and conscientious Imanishi never gives up, even using his own time imanisgi investigate. It was very busy, and we all watched Kojima Yoshio on the TVs around the lounges. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.