Books by James Melville

DIPLOMATIC BAGGAGE by James Melville
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 29, 1996

"The Superintendent Otani series is made fascinating by layered Japanese cultural atmospherics, but the Melville faithful may find the author's newest lacking both in richness of detail and in plot."
An understated, low-stakes spy yarn by the author of a dozen Superintendent Otani mysteries (The Body Wore Brocade, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BODY WORE BROCADE by James Melville
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

The 12th appearance of Japan's Inspector Otani (The Bogus Buddha, etc.), now retired from the Hyogo prefectural police and persuaded to let author Melville record his ``reminiscences.'' Here, he recalls a case that begins with an argument with his wife, Hanae; includes someone hitting him with a rifle bullet in a park near city hall; and involves the murder of an amateur Noh enthusiast, the wealthy Hideki Suminoe, whom Otani first saw performing at a shrine. Read full book review >