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The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi


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Ian MacDonald was awarded first prize in the Shizuoka International Translation Competition in 1997. He has worked as a freelance translator for ten years.


It's a mystery how anyone survived old-time Edo. Danger stalked the geta-clad at every turn: vendettas by tetchy samurai, hauntings by ill-used whores, the occasional spirit abduction and even attack by river otter. Yes, river otter, those vicious, furry carnivores that might leap onto your umbrella during a rainstorm and scratch your face into ribbons. That is just some of the fascinating, if wacky and creepy Edo Period (1603-1867) world that pops up in [this] highly entertaining translation. . . . [An] engaging collection of stories [that will] appeal to mystery, history and river-otter fans alike.-- "Asahi Weekley"
This excellent translation by Ian MacDonald invites readers to enter the world of Edo. His 25-page introduction effectively orients readers in the 'Hanshichi world, ' and also introduces the life of Okamoto Kido. . . . This translation is a major introduction to the history of popular literature in modern Japan.-- "Japanese Studies"
An entertaining collection of detective stories. . . . The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi offers a special pleasure for readers familiar with the Tokyo area, where well-known place names appear on every page, but with startling different details.-- "The Daily Yomiuri"

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