A prominent official in a ministry tinged with scandal.  A dining car receipt.  A name missing from a passenger list.  And a young man and woman dead on a beach in an apparent suicide - lovers who had one final drink together.  Disconnected points, but not to Detective Torigai, who keeps searching for the lines that link the dead and the living.


Seicho Matsumoto

Seicho Matsumoto (松本 清張, Matsumoto Seichō), December 21, 1909 – August 4, 1992) was a Japanese writer.

Matsumoto's works created a new tradition of Japanese crime fiction. Dispensing with formulaic plot devices such as puzzles, Matsumoto incorporated elements of human psychology and ordinary life into his crime fiction. In particular, his works often reflect a wider social context and postwar nihilism that expanded the scope and further darkened the atmosphere of the genre. His exposé of corruption among police officials as well as criminals was a new addition to the field. The subject of investigation was not just the crime but also the society in which the crime was committed.

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Review POINTS AND LINES - Seicho Matsumoto
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, November 1, 2007

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