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A senior official in a ministry tainted 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. Disconnected points, but not to a determined detective who keeps searching for the lines that link the living and the dead.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1995 by Kodansha (first published 1957)
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Sub_zero
Nov 18, 2014 Sub_zero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2014
4/5

Una de las cosas que más me han llamado la atención de El expreso de Tokio es el logrado efecto de incertidumbre que Matsumoto consigue imprimir a la resolución del caso. Se trata de una novela en la que no sobresale ningún sospechoso por encima de otro, donde las escasas pistas disponibles conducen a vías de investigación absolutamente infructíferas y en la que, cuando por fin parece que las piezas encajan o un descubrimiento inesperado arroja algo de luz sobre el terreno, el escritor desmor
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David
Apr 27, 2009 David rated it liked it
I may never be able to fully untangle the degree to which the woodeness of some Japanese mystery novels is a function of (1) poor translations, (2) the Japanese language itself, (3) Japanese cultural norms (in particular, those governing politeness in speech), and/or (4) the conventions of the Japanese mystery novel (including the conventions of serial publication). In any case, I am learning to take this woodeness as a given, and it interferes less and less with my enjoyment of Japanese mysteri ...more
AC
Oct 29, 2015 AC rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan, crime-mystery
An outstandingly intelligent, no frills, police procedural - like a jigsaw puzzle. Curious that Matsumoto is not more widely translated.
Ben Loory
Sep 26, 2012 Ben Loory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kind of a fascinating book, not so much in terms of the mystery itself (which really wasn't all that mysterious), as for the picture it paints of post-war japan, which was quite vivid (though sort of terrifyingly regimented and sad). i've read a lot (well, my fair share anyway) of japanese lit and this was the first time i ever felt like i actually kind of understood the place. (though maybe i just understood the place in the book; i suppose it's hard to tell.)

i also liked the fact that it seeme
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Alex Pler
Apr 03, 2015 Alex Pler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leída aquí, esta novela sobre la puntualidad de los trenes, más que policíaca parece de ciencia ficción. Solo podría ocurrir en Japón... o Inglaterra (de hecho, a ratos tiene aires de Agatha Christie). Lo que empieza como un caso algo tonto y previsible, capítulo a capítulo se convierte en un puzzle de horarios ferroviarios y supuestos imposibles. Fascinante. De fondo, denuncia social y las siempre bienvenidas pinceladas de la sociedad japonesa.
Jessica
A taut and wonderfully spun tale. I think I've now read all of Matsumoto's books that have been translated to English. Apparently he wrote many, but as far as I know only 4 have made it into English...this is a loss and an oversight. Someone please correct it.
Mariano Hortal
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“El expreso de Tokio” de Seicho Matsumoto. Precisión nipona

Si tenemos libros como este publicado es gracias a que hay editoriales independientes como Libros del Asteroide. Otro día vendré con alguno de los libros de novela policíaca que nos trae Quaterni, otra de esas editoriales pequeñas que están buscando obras de autores japoneses que nos parecían impensables hace un tiempo.
Pero hoy es el turno de de Seicho Matsumoto, escritor japonés que p
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Dorothy
Feb 14, 2011 Dorothy rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this mystery novel very much. It starts with a double death that has every appearance of a "Love Suicide" so the Japanese Police are not inclined to investigate it very much. However, one detective in the small town where it happens, together with a detective from the Tokyo squad are not satisfied and the plot hangs on a government scandal and the ability to break down what at first appears to be an unshakable alibi. Much depends on knowledge of the train timetable, which reminded me o ...more
Andrew
Jul 16, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japanese
This book had a very classic mystery feel, I thought. Very stoic and logical detectives, who recreate scenes so elaborate (it entertains) but kind of makes you laugh to think if their discoveries would hold up for a second in any modern court.

This isn't a spoiler, but be prepared for a mathematical word problem here. The twists and reveals mainly revolve around "train A leaves the station at 65 miles and hour, while the suspect probably spent 10 minutes drinking coffee..." type scenarios. It's k
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Rejane
Mar 08, 2016 Rejane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un petit délice à lire d'une traite.
Nap
Sep 12, 2016 Nap rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'est armé d'une feuille et d'un crayon qu'il faut attaquer ce roman. La résolution du crime, maquillé en double suicide, se cache entre les lignes des horaires de train japonais. Le principal suspect était à l'autre bout du pays au moment des faits, un alibi infaillible corroboré par de nombreux témoins.

Ce polar japonais raconte bien l'élaboration d'un crime parfait qui a permis, au soulagement de la partie haute de la hiérarchie du Ministère X, de supprimer un sous-chef au rôle clé dans une gr
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Clint
Jul 05, 2014 Clint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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Bokabud
Aug 23, 2015 Bokabud rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
La novela negra es un género complicado. No solo debe presentar un misterio interesante y cautivador, sino que debe llevar al lector paso a paso hasta la resolución del mismo, con un final convincente, inesperado y satisfactorio. Partiendo de la premisa de que esta novela está situada en el Japón de los años 50 e intenta explicar un doble suicidio, El expreso de Tokio no podría venir con mejor carta de presentación.

La novela nos obliga a relajar el ritmo desde el primer momento: aquí no hay orde
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Shanna
Aug 11, 2015 Shanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Une excellente intrigue comme les romanciers japonais les font.
Cependant, les 160 pages précédant le dénouement étaient difficiles à suivre. Les allers et retours des transports à travers plusieurs villes du Japon et les heures d'un tel ou d'un autre train ont réussi à me faire perdre complètement le fil de l'histoire.
L'histoire n'avance pas rapidement non plus. On sait très vite qui sont les victimes mais les pistes pour comprendre le crime en question sont difficiles à récolter (s'il y en a vr
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Angel Alfonso
Another Japanese novel, another mystery novel. "点と線" or "Points and lines" is not your typical mystery novel, though. It doesn't care much about who did it or about the typical interrogations.

No. 点と線 centers around how the killer did it. And not your typical how he/she did it but how he/she had time to do it. It is different. The novel starts with a couple found dead on a rocky coast and from there the mystery unravels. It is just a mild spoiler to say that quite early in the novel the detective
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LizzO
Apr 27, 2012 LizzO rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
"Sometimes a preconceived opinion will make us overlook the obvious."

Great book. I recommend it if you are looking for a simple, classic mystery novel. The antiquated technology (ie telegrams!) made the novel even more endearing.

Barry Graham
May 05, 2015 Barry Graham rated it it was amazing
This is the first of Matsumoto's books I've read, and it captivated me from beginning to end. It's sad that so few of his books have been translated into English.
Kit
Mar 15, 2008 Kit rated it liked it
Shelves: recentlyread
not a bad book, but i prefer inspector imanishi investigates, which is more character-focused. points and lines is more puzzle-focused.
Isabelle
Jan 30, 2011 Isabelle rated it really liked it
Japan, a police investigation in Tokyo and neighbouring small towns, an engaging japanese detective...very nice little book :)
Keti
Jun 28, 2012 Keti rated it it was amazing
Good book... perfect.. I have no other words..
Amy
Apr 09, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Great little murder mystery.
Juan Jiménez García
Seicho Matsumoto. Trenes perfectos

Quien conozca un poco el cine japonés (incluso el cine japonés que ha llegado a nuestro país, gotas de agua en un inmenso océano) quizás recordará el nombre de Yoshitaro Nomura. Cineasta con una extensa obra, poco nos ha llegado de él, y prácticamente todo, de un mismo género: la intriga, el policiaco. En España se llegaron a sacar dos obras suyas (seguramente lo mejor de su producción): El castillo de arena y El demonio. Ambas tenían en común, como tantas obras
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Felix Zilich
Nov 07, 2013 Felix Zilich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
На пляже в Кюсю найдены два трупа – мужчина и женщина. Рядом с трупами – бутылка из под сока со следами цианида, из чего копы делают вывод, что это было синдзю, “двойное самоубийство влюбленных”. Подобные инциденты в Японии расследовать не принято, поэтому дело закрывают, несмотря на тот факт, что покойный был ключевым свидетелем в деле о коррупции в министерстве торговли. Но старый сыщик из провинциального полицейского участка находит в этой истории подозрительную неточность и сообщает об этом ...more
Olivier Raoux
Quand on retrouve les deux corps sans vie allongés sur la plage, tout semble désigner un suicide amoureux. Le jeune homme, impliqué probablement dans une sombre histoire de pots de vin, aurait décidé avec sa compagne de mettre fin à ses jours en ingurgitant une boisson au cyanure.
Alors que l'affaire semble devoir être rapidement classée, l'inspecteur Mihara relève quelques éléments troublants qui vont le mener dans une longue et complexe recherche de la vérité.

Tokyo Express est un des plus célèb
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Jason
Two bodies are found dead at a rocky beach. Although all evidence indicate that it was a love-related double suicide, the local detective wants to investigate further. A few days later another detective from Tokyo also seems that things are not as they seem. Seicho Matsumoto manages to create a well-written crime novel, with many noir elements. During the detectives' investigation the reader travels to the japanese society of the 50s.

Bottomiline: An engaging story with a very peculiar crime to
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Kathleen
Dec 28, 2012 Kathleen rated it liked it
This book, written in 1970, reminded me of the Martin Beck mysteries of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, which were written at around the same time. Matsumoto was Japan’s foremost mystery writer of the era, and Points and Lines is a classic of Japanese crime fiction. It is a rather old-fashioned mystery, with much less graphic violence than most modern works in the genre. The crime around which the story revolves is really only an excuse to display the way in which a brilliant detective’s mind works. ...more
Sandi
Considered a classic Japanese mystery I found it a bit on the dull side though. None of the characters were particularly memorable and endless descriptions of various train and plane time tables made it hard for me to keep engaged with the plot.
Urszula
Jun 03, 2014 Urszula rated it it was amazing
It is a sweet old style detective story. Nothing gruesome, nothing frightening, just a persistent policeman trying to solve a crime. Nice break from Scandinavian mysteries.
Christophe Van
Dec 27, 2015 Christophe Van rated it it was amazing
Excellent. It's two most striking features are complex characterization and a writing style as simply elegant as Japenese indoor architecture.
natura
Feb 25, 2015 natura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Muy pesado tanto horario de tren y tanto pueblo japonés. Y la trama un tanto liosa y poco justificada. Pasable nada mas.
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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 nihil
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