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This work also won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Award, considered one of the most prestigious awards in the mystery novels category in Japan, plus several others, gathering acclaim from critics and readers alike. The English translation was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel.
The story follows Tetsuya Ishigami and Yasuko Hanaoka, as they go about their daily routines. Yasuko is a divorced single mother who works in a restaurant packing bentos for its local clientele. Ishigami is a highly talented mathematics teacher, who lives next door to Yasuko and her daughter, and is a regular at the bento shop and is secretly enamoured with Yasuko. This quiet safe and monotonous routine explodes when Yasuko's violent ex-husband Togashi, tracks her down with the aim of extorting money from her by intimidating both Yasuko and her daughter, Yasuko, has been here before and just wants to get rid of him, so he attempts to use her daughter as a means of extortion. When this fails he loses his cool & in a rage begins to hit out, this situation escalates rapidly and ends with being him being killed by the mother and daughter. Whilst horror-struck and paralysed by what they've done, there’s a knock on the door.
Attempting to establish some order in the flat, Yasuko then answers the door, to find Ishigami standing there; who having heard the commotion, has somehow deduced its cause and is offering to help.Read more ›
definitely recommend this book. Will be reading more by this author.
Higashino concentrates the action and its origins into the first fifty or so pages, during which the identity of the killer or killers is revealed, but then keeps the reader’s attention firmly gripped for the next 350. Readers starting this book may be surprised at this given the mind-numbing detail of the first half-dozen or so pages but, if they persevere, many will be as hooked as I was.
The long book has only a handful of central characters – the killer or killers, two detectives, Kusanagi and his junior colleague, Kishitani, from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, and Manabu Yukawa a brilliant associate professor of physics at Tokyo Imperial University and equally exceptional amateur sleuth, the ‘Detective Galileo’ of the series.
To give details of the plot would only limit the impact of this extraordinary book that is a taut psychological thriller, procedural mystery, compelling love story [which distinguishes between many different forms of love] and novel about life in contemporary Tokyo. My qualifications lie in the author’s occasional rather inelegant exposition of concepts in mathematics and science, logic and philosophy, and – more significantly – in the trans-Atlantic translation that undermines the author’s creation of Japanese characters in a Japanese environment.Read more ›
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After reading Six Four I was eager to find more Japanese Crime Fiction - and this did not disappoint. Read morePublished 1 day ago by T E Kingston
Not a masterpiece, as many people seem to be saying. It's a decent enough thriller, but there's absolutely nothing special about it. The Millennium Trilogy this is not.Published 4 months ago by Sir Face Tension
I thoroughly enjoyed my first Higashino novel. There's something about the simple style of Japanese writers, and of course the translation, that makes them so easy to understand,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JaketheDax
Read this a while ago.was the first book i,d read by this author.very good .full of twists and turns.unexpected ending.Published 7 months ago by jackie
Great read, amazing plot, genius. Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Cleverly written with twists and turns. Second half of the book I couldn't put down till finished
really enjoyed this book the reviews were right. If you like well written murder suspense thrillers you will love thisPublished 12 months ago by Debs
A slightly odd book as within the first chapter you find out who the killer is. The rest of the book revolves around the detectives investigating who done it and the murderer and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by dj737
Intelligent, passionate and gracefully told. What's not to like? Twists are graceful rather than arbitrary, characters properly developed, scenes vivid. Read morePublished 13 months ago by claire durkin
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