Book Review: Case Closed Volume 37

August 26, 2012


Surprisingly, I got half of my order delivered quickly, which means I have two more books. Today, I will be reviewing one of those books, which is called Case Closed Volume 37 by Gosho Aoyama.

As I gave a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

The bombing case has been successfully wrapped up and Sato can finally have some peace, but Jimmy does not really get any breaks. First, Richard substitutes as a host for a Television drama. Things seem to be going well, but after hearing a scream, one of the actors is dead and most of the victim's co-stars have a reason to want him dead. It is up to Jimmy and the gang to find out which of the four suspects killed the victim. Once that case is wrapped up, three people come to Richard to find a programmer who was hired to create some games for them. The most shocking thing is that the person also met with Tequila. When he is found, Jimmy wants to interrogate him about what he knows of Black Org. However, when they reach his location they find his corpse, and Jimmy finds his diary. Now, Jimmy must find the culprit without losing the best lead he has had so far on information on Black Org. Finally, based on what information Jimmy could gather, Dr. Agasa and Jimmy head to Gunma, where they make contact with Vodka, who is not aware that the programmer is dead. Using this to fact to his advantage, Jimmy makes Vodka schedule the meeting time for four in the morning. However, before they can make it to the location, their car gets a flat and hitch a ride with strangers, but the strangers do not seem to be who they want Jimmy and Agasa to believe.

I enjoyed this volume. The closing of the bombing case that started in the previous volume was kind of a pretty happy ending. I am pretty sure that Sato was happy that Takagi repeated the same words she heard from Matsuda three years prior. I guess Takagi is kind of like him and does not seem like a jerk because of it. Speaking of Sato, we usually see her chew out her juniors, such as Takagi, but she was the one chewed out this time by Takagi because she let her emotions cloud her judgment. This is definitely bound to happen when one is emotionally attached to a case like Sato is. As much good as our emotions are, they may lead us to become blind quicker to the truth than somebody with too much experience. When approaching anything that must be solved, be it computer issues or case involving crime, one must never become emotionally attached to the situation. As for the television drama case, I certainly thought this case was a bit interesting. Very little was obvious concerning, which every mystery should have little, if anything of, unlike anime episode 6. This one also misled me. There is this thinking that the person who found the body is culprit, and as much as I should not, I definitely believed that to be true for this case, since the person never went out into the snow with the rest of the group. This case also my respect for Richard a bit, though he is still nothing compared to Jimmy. In many of the previous cases, Jimmy either has to knock Richard out and use his bow tie or drop hints to him until he gets it, but Richard was able to figure out who the culprit and most of the tricks the killer used without needing Jimmy to drop hints. I have to say, for one of the worst detectives I have seen, he is at least a bit competent in this case, which is nice instead of having Jimmy reveal the killer all the time. As for the missing programmer case, I can say that if Black Org did not have any connections here that this case would have been dull. I cannot really say much that I did like about the case itself, but the fact that the victim had contact with Black Org did catch my interest. Outside of that, I cannot really say if anything much else about it was all that great. However, when that case concluded, things certainly became interesting. Just like Jimmy, I wanted to know what information the programmer had on Black Org. I was quite surprised, though it was obvious that it could be done, that the programmer even took measures similar to the concept of invisible ink, which definitely suggested there were things he wanted to hide. The fact that Jimmy was able to speak to Vodka before he found out that the programmer was dead was also interesting. No wonder Vodka was not able to notice Jimmy eavesdrop on him the night Gin and Vodka gave him APTX 4869. The volume did have some funny parts in the volume, which was also nice, but I am not too sure there are any I want to discuss. The fact that this volume had cases and incident involving Black Org is certainly a good thing for this volume, as is the fact that there were some funny parts.

Although I liked the volume, there were things that I did not particularly like. Except for the final chapter of the bombing, the lead on Black Org, and the television drama murder case, there was not much interesting in the volume. The mystery behind the death of the programmer was a bit too obvious. When one takes into account how the hotel replied to Richard, according to Richard himself, the fact that one of the suspects started using Braille and the types of games they wanted the programmer make, we are told outright who the killer is. Now, it is not in one's face to exact, like anime episode 6, but it certainly becomes clear when one sees the dying message. I will give it credit that it was less obvious than episode 6 of the anime, but too much was definitely obvious if the dying message solved everything. I sure do not feel sorry for the culprit though, since he used his victim's health condition to kill the man. That is exactly the reason why I prefer to be left alone when I am in the middle of a group where I do not know anyone. After all, in the wrong hands, your fears and weaknesses can be used to cause damage. The computer knowledge in this one was not all that good either. While it may be true that unplugging a computer would erase data, at least that which has not been save to secondary storage, and damage components, the computer in this case was a laptop and I have never come across a situation in which a laptop would turn off by unplugging the power cable. Perhaps a friend I have could verify the issue, but I cannot find anything definitive. However, unplugging a computer to turn it off is certainly something that should be avoided on desktop computers, since there is always the chance of receiving an electric shock. As for the strange couple, I was not surprised, because it seems like every time the news announces a criminal on the loose, Jimmy and/or Dr. Agasa end up unknowingly meeting the criminals, though there are exceptions. The computer info they discuss is not quite accurate because they are dealing with a laptop and the fact that uninteresting cases and incidents happen, especially since they have so many obvious things, puts a huge damper on this volume.

Despite the fact that there were uninteresting cases and incident, as well as somewhat inaccurate information about computers, especially since a laptop was involved, I think that the appearance of Black Org and it being the first encounter since the time Pisco was killed definitely makes this volume worth reading. I recommend this to fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). For fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, the number of uninteresting events and cases may be off putting, so Black Org will be the only thing interesting. As for everyone else, not enough is too obvious that I would say anything here would not be a good introduction to the series and detective, mystery, and crime fiction.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 37? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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