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The Wages of Zen (Tetsuo Otani #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In 1979 James Melville introduced a significant new figure to British crime fiction, the Japanese detective Superintendent Tetsuo Otani of the Hyogo Prefectural Police. Otani, a very human but also very Japanese policeman, has to supervise an investigation which begins with a murder (a relatively rare crime in Japan) in a small Zen temple community where all the suspects a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 210 pages
Published July 12th 1985 by Fawcett (first published 1979)
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PROTAGONIST: Superintendent Tetsuo Otani
SERIES: #1 of 13
RATING: 3.25
WHY: Okamoto is the priest heading the Zen Study Center in Takahashi. Currently, there are five foreigners studying there. When one of them is murdered, the pool of suspects is quite limited. The investigation is referred to the Kobe police, and Superintendent Tetsuo Otani is in charge. He's quite informal with his team, but they generally do well. He's a fan of Maigret and van der Valk, and in love with his wife.
When I heard about a series of mysteries set in Japan I rushed out and bought this. It sounded like the ideal book for me, but I ended up being a little disappointed. I really enjoyed the setting. I enjoyed the atmosphere created by the vivid descriptions of the locations. I also liked the way the dialogue was written. It gives a hint of the different levels of politeness found in Japanese. This makes the dialogue seem more authentic in my eyes, so I really appreciated that. The characters were ...more
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A charming series.
Murder mystery set in Japan - kept me entertained on the flight home from South Korea!
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Roy Peter Martin is an English author who has written under the pseudonyms James Melville and Hampton Charles.

James Melville was born in London in 1931 and educated in North London. He read philosophy at Birkbeck College before being conscripted into the RAF, then took up school-teaching and adult education. Most of his subsequent career has been spent overseas in cultural diplomacy and educationa
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