Tokyo Express

Tokyo Express

Fiction, Crime & Thrillers
Paperback Published on: 30/03/2023
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Tokyo Express
I wish I read it while on a train.
After reading this I now need to read everything Matsomoto has ever written. This was an intense and immersive experience that I didn't want to end. Litera... READ MORE
Vanessa in Inverness
Tokyo Express
Charming and satisfying
Thoroughly enjoyed this. The best thing is the tightly woven plot, centered around the apparent love-suicide of a young man and woman. The ultimate r... READ MORE
Joe at Doncaster
Tokyo Express
A unique mystery!
A super fast paced short book investigating a double suicide. This was such a quick read and the whole journey to figuring out what happened was so interes... READ MORE
Libby Low
Tokyo Express
Short and sweet
Intriguing crime novel that focuses on a Detective's almost obsessive interest in what seems like an open and shut case. What I really loved about it was h... READ MORE
Chloe L
Tokyo Express
Classy, succinct, intelligent and incredibly addictive. I had heard that this book was good, but I honestly didn't think it will be as good. This is an abs... READ MORE
Kurde @Horsham
Tokyo Express
An excellent read!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but it turned out to be a lot more than I could have imagined. Beautifully written, an a magical unhurried wa... READ MORE
Tokyo Express
Read it on a journey!
Fans of Simenon will love this beautifully written tale of an apparent lovers suicide. Bringing together government corruption and lots of train timetables... READ MORE
Julie at Hatchards
Tokyo Express
Express delivers
Seicho Matsumoto’s Tokyo Express makes its very late English-language debut, some 65 years after it first appeared in his homeland. Luckily for us, it was ... READ MORE
Richard Hayden in Rye
Tokyo Express
A quick paced mystery using the logic of train timetables!
this was such a fun book to read and try to figure out along the way and it's one of my favourite crime books I've read for sure! This is a tiny little boo... READ MORE
Libby Low
Tokyo Express
A suspense that works like a train on its tracks, unstoppable!
Tokyo Express is a short delightful suspense novel written in 1957. It has the charm and quaintness of bygone times. The plot is immediately captivating an... READ MORE
Patti Ho
Tokyo Express
Exceptional crime thriller
With each twist of turn of this complex crime novel our protagonist meets a brick wall every time he tries to tear down his suspect's alibi. Comparisons to... READ MORE
Tokyo Express
An absolute must for fans of classic crime fiction
I've read Inspector Imanishi Investigates by Seicho Matsumoto years ago and really love it so was really pleased to get my hands on a copy of Tokyo Express... READ MORE
Jo Morpeth
Tokyo Express
Tokyo Noir
Tokyo Express is a Japanese mystery/detective novel by Seichō Matsumoto, first published in 1958. Loved this. It didn't read like it was written in 1958, b... READ MORE


'It was a puzzle with no solution. But he did not lose heart.' In a rocky cove in the bay of Hakata, the bodies of a young and beautiful couple are discovered. Stood in the coast's wind and cold, the police see nothing to investigate: the flush of the couple's cheeks speaks clearly of cyanide, of a lovers' suicide. But in the eyes of two men, Torigai Jutaro, a senior detective, and Kiichi Mihara, a young gun from Tokyo, something is not quite right. Together, they begin to pick at the knot of a unique and calculated crime. Now widely available in English for the first time, Tokyo Express is celebrated around the world as Seicho Matsumoto's masterpiece - and as one of the most fiendish puzzles ever written.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241439081
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 123g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 9 mm

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Tokyo Express
First published in 1958 this is the first English translation published in 2022. I loved this one. The story is intriguing with two detectives realising th... READ MORE
Book collector
Tokyo Express
A story that could made a good noir film
This story shows the meticulousness of Japan itself, set in the prosperous middle of the Showa era, it shows us the glimpse of the salaryman world, that di... READ MORE
Magda Lytvynenko