Seicho Matsumoto was Japan's most successful thriller writer. His first detective novel, Points and Lines, sold over a million copies in Japan. Vessel of Sand, published in English as Inspector Imanishi Investigates in 1989, sold over four million copies and became a movie box-office hit.
Praise for Seicho Matsumoto: Pushed the art of the detective story in Japan to new dimensions, introducing the 'social detective story' describing police procedurals and depicting Japanese society with unprecedented realism.' Independent "A master crime writer...Seicho Matsumoto's thrillers dissect Japanese society."--The New York Times Book Review "Seicho Matsumoto combines the prolific output of a Rex Stout with the literary qualities of Elmore Leonard."--San Francisco Chronicle