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Salvation of a Saint [Paperback]

Keigo Higashino
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18 July 2013

When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away?

As Tokyo police detective Kusanagi tries to unpick a seemingly unrelated sequence of events he finds himself falling for Ayane. When his judgement becomes dangerously clouded his assistant must call on an old friend for help; it will take a genius to unravel the most spectacular web of deceit they have ever faced...

SALVATION OF A SAINT is a magnificently complex and page-turning thriller starring international crime fiction's most enigmatic sleuth.This is essential reading for all fans of exceptional crime fiction.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (18 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349138818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349138817
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keigo Higashino was born in Osaka. He started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize for writing at age 27, and subsequently quit his job to start a career as a writer in Tokyo.

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The Japanese Stieg Larsson The Times Intricate and beguiling...if you like riddles inside enigmas, it will please you no end. Guardian on The Devotion of Suspect X The plot is taut and intriguing...this psychological driver sets it apart from more run-of-the-mill crime thrillers...Agatha Christie would be mightily impressed. Financial Times on The Devotion of Suspect X Meticulous...a thriller hung on obsessional love and impeccable logic which drags you along with a teasing "how did he do it" logic...and the ending is a killer twist. Metro on The Devotion of Suspect X

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The stunning new thriller from the author of the Japanese 2 million copy bestseller THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars death by a thousand hot (or lukewarm) beverages 18 Mar 2014
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I read this after the excellent "devotion of suspect X" by the same author. "Salvation" is not as good. Maybe because, to me anyway, the suspect and victim were initially hard to like, and mostly remained so, so it was hard to care whether the detectives catch the killer or not. The book revolves around finding how someone introduced poison into a cup of coffee. Each new theory or piece of information is discussed at length by the detectives and their pet scientist, galileo. The slightly larger cast of detectives - K now has two underlings, K2 and Y, as well as a boss M who is more involved -probably makes the Japanese tv series based on these books more sparky, as there are plenty of contrasting characters among the police to rub up against each other. However, in this book it just increases the number of permutations of two detectives having a very similar conversation about poison and coffee. After each conversation, in a total disregard for police procedure, a detective will leak any new info to one of the people under investigation. Their reaction to the piece of information will then be the subject of discussion between galileo-and-K, K-and-K2, Y-and-galileo, etc etc for another 20 pages. All the while, everyone drinks coffee. Or sometimes tea. Or sometimes instant coffee from a dirty cup. Noone develops a rational or irrational fear of coffee, except me.

After a dull middle of the book, there are some quickfire twists and reveals at the end, which do tie things together.

I loved "X" and may persevere and try another by this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 14 Aug 2013
I found this book very disappointing. I had no sympathy with any of the characters, the whole 'story' was not at all thrilling for me, there were no twists and it was very linear. If we had been told who committed the murder a little earlier than we had been (and I mean a little) it could easily have been an episode of Columbo, but without the excellent Columbo character. It got to the point where if I had to read the words coffee, water bottles and filter one more time I would be compelled to throw the book away. I never write book reviews (perhaps that is clear) but I feel cheated by the promise of: "Intricate and beguiling... if you like riddles inside enigmas...." (Guardian) and by being told that this extraordinary thriller will linger long in my memory (The Independent on Sunday). It may well do that, but for a different reason I think. The only positive is that I did read the book right to the end.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Crime. Imperfect Novel 21 Sep 2013
I loved Keigo Higashino's breakthrough novel, The Devotion Of Suspect X. It is a taut tale of cat and mouse, that inverts the genre by forcing the reader to root for the murderer. It is one of my favourite crime novels ever. So it was with great excitement that I opened Higashino's latest offering. Sadly I was disappointed.

It is always hard when reading follow-ups to much-loved books. So often enjoyment founders on the rocks of expectation. Had I not loved Suspect X perhaps I would have been more forgiving. Suspect X is a novel that's perfectly paced and seamlessly plotted with great characterisation. It's impossible not to love. Here, whilst the crime is elegant, the pacing is flat and the characters flatter.

The mystery here revolves around a businessman, found dead from drinking poisoned coffee. The most likely suspect, his wife was hundreds of miles away when he died. If it was her, how did she do it? There are a few other possibilities, but everything points to the cool collected wife. I liked Suspect X, because it was clean and simple. The crime was neat, there was no sensationalist gory violence. And so it is here, but it's almost too clean. There are few clues, and the main source of investigation is where the water came from; filtered, bottled or tap? It's hardly the stuff of legend.

Added to this are flat characters. Ciphers. Jilted wife, young mistress, arrogant and meticulous victim. Even the police officers are dull. The lead investigator's supposed infatuation with the prime suspect, was utterly unconvincing, again in complete contrast to Suspect X. There is one recurring character in the two novels, Yukawa, expert physicist and part-time aider of investigations.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I came to this as a great admirer of The Devotion of Suspect X and several other Japanese Genre books (Taichi Yamada for example), so expectations were high.

Let's start with the positives: I read it to the end. That's it.

In this book we're presented with "the perfect crime" and it's mildly interesting to see Detective Kusanagi and his colleagues deduce what happened. But the problem is that the deductions are so contrived, simplistic and puerile. Even readers who want to suspend disbelief just so they can enjoy the book find the logic of the arguments leaves the reader incredulous.

And as for the ending... makes me sorry I stuck with it to the end.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and one dimensional 7 Feb 2013
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Salvation of a Saint is a book that promised so much and delivered so little. Its USP is really that there is rather an intriguing murder method which only really becomes apparent at the end of the book, although there are some pretty strong hints earlier on. However, in order to get that far, the reader has to wade through about 200 pages of very ordinary writing - the characters are not only one-dimensional, they are almost universally unsympathetic. The reader knows who committed the murder about half way through the book, the only intrigue remains the question of how the murder was committed. The characterisation is flat and unconvincing, as are the relationships between the characters. My advice: don't waste time on this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars savation of a saint
very good.keeps you on your think the person has done it but you,re not quite the ending is unexspected.
Published 3 months ago by jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Quite a devious plot. The characters were well written.
This is the second Higashino novel I have read and was every bit as good as The Devotion of Suspect X.
Published 8 months ago by adi
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a good book
it is a weird story, (A BIT OF SPOILER) in short time you meet literally 5 people and kind of know who to blame but no evidence, well written
Published 8 months ago by not happy one
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like Stieg Larsson
I had high hopes for this but it's so slow and there is nothing engaging about it. I gave up after 3 chapters
Published 8 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a thriller but a first-class old-fashioned police procedural
Someone at Abacus evidently thinks Keigo Higashino will sell better being labelled as a thriller writer, and was happy too to grab The Times's tired quote of "the Japanese Stieg... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brian J. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book to continue the series!
I loved the first book and was surprised that it lived up to expectations to be a similar read to Steig Larrsson, amazing book with an amazing ending :)
Published 9 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
So So clever, unputdownable ! read it within a day and left me wanting more. Highly recommend Suspect X too
Published 10 months ago by MR SIMON WALTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Non violent suspense
There is, thankfully, no violence in this crime story but a great deal of suspense from the very first sentence to the last. Also much psychological subtlety and many surprises. Read more
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