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Not a thriller but a first-class old-fashioned police procedural,
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This review is from: Salvation of a Saint (Paperback)
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 Larsson". Actually, "Salvation of a Saint", like its equally good predecessor "The Devotion of Suspect X" is a first-class traditional police procedural, with far more of Maigret, Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes than of Stieg Larsson, so if you like good police procedurals with an exotic touch - Japanese of course, in this case - don't let Abacus put you off. The good guys are dogged detective Kusanagi, his bright new female sidekick Utsumi, and "Detective Galileo", properly Kusanagi's physicist friend Yukawa, whose Sherlock Holmes-style deductions are key to solving the case. In both novels, the "how" rather than the "who" are key, with a small cast of characters, and the "puzzle" is what drives the story. To say much more than that both cases seem to be simple domestic murders with the spouse the obvious suspect would be to give too much away. Start with "Suspect X" and then read this one - great stuff!