James Melville The Body Wore Brocade

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The Body Wore Brocade

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When Inspector Otani's impending retirement is soured by a marital spat and a sniper's bullet, the detective investigates the latter and discovers that the sniper may have something to do with the death of a prominent businessman.

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le's strength lies in creating complex and beguiling characters and...he's never been better."
THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
Wandering among New Year's revelers, Superintendent Otani is shot in the back. By strange coincidence, the Noh performer he had been watching earlier in the day is later found strangled in his luxurious home, clad in full Noh costume. The crime rivets the attention of Otani's entire force, for the late Noh performer had not only been a dedicated amateur artist but also a wealthy businessman. His death liberates a fortune to his sister and his two attractive nephews and also raises some questions: Is the crime personal or political? And how, if at all, does it connect with the near murder of Otani?

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A change of narrative voice yields refreshing new insights but slows the pace of the 12th case for senior Japanese police officer Tetsuo Otani. Now getting on in years, Inspector Otani muses in the first person on the amateur theatrical career of a wealthy computer software developer, while digesting his loyal wife Hanae's announcement that he has become arrogant, intolerant and thoroughly disagreeable. With plenty of time to ruminate while hospitalized after being hit by a sniper's bullet, he is struck by the coincidence that the only witness to the event was the software developer's favorite nephew. The young man attempts suicide, then becomes a murder suspect when his uncle's strangled body is found, resplendently dressed in a Noh costume. Otani's chronicle is slow-paced and laced with gentle, dour humor. The detective is revealed as more flawed and uncertain than heretofore, as Melville's (A Haiku for Hanae) new perspective illuminates Otani's fears (of losing Hanae), his concerns (over his sister-in-law's affair with his assistant) and his desires, both romantic and professional.
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