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New York. 1989. Kodansha. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket With A Wrinkle At The Bottom Back. 179 pages. hardcover. Seicho Matsumoto was born in 1909 in Fukuoka Prefecture in southern Japan. Although he only started writing in his forties, his works proved very popular, and in 1952 he won the coveted Akutagawa Literary Prize His best-known work is Ten to Sen, published in English under the title POINTS AND LINES, which has sold over one and a quarter million copies. His prodigious output has ensured that even today he retains his position as Japan's leading mystery writer. Adam Kabat gained his master's degree from the University of Tokyo, and is now assistant professor at Musashi University in Tokyo. He has translated works by Yukio Mishima, Hisashi Inoue, and Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, among others, and is at present researching the late Meiji period novelist Izumi Kyoka. 0870118951. keywords: 41172. inventory # 12709. FROM THE PUBLISHER-In the world of mystery fiction, the perfect crime remains very much an elusive ideal. Whether betrayed by a minor oversight or exposed by the dogged brilliance of a master sleuth, criminals are faced with the inevitable conclusion that crime does not pay. This theme is echoed in these six stories by Japan's foremost detective writer, Seicho Matsumoto, as he offers us fresh glimpses into the workings of the criminal mind. What fascinates Matsumoto is not only the motives for a crime but the psychological factors that lead to it. Add to this an element of fate that can thwart the most meticulous planning and you have tales powerful in their suspense. Ironically enough, it is often the criminal himself who, by his very cautiousness, slips the noose around his own neck. These stories are masterpieces of dramatic setting and situational suspense, and are all the more absorbing because they concern ordinary people leading humdrum lives-a switchboard operator, a bank clerk, a bar hostess. Yet each is thrown by fate into a chance encounter with crime and violent death. As the characters reel about in a maelstrom of their own making, the reader finds himself pulled in, too, and is only released at the very last line.
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