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The Devotion Of Suspect X by [Higashino, Keigo]
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Meticulous...a thriller hung on obsessional love and impeccable logic which drags you along with a teasing "how did he do it" logic...there's a tremendous sense of the more down-at-heel Tokyo neighbourhoods...and the ending is a killer twist Metro The finale is both chilling and moving, and confronts emotions that crime fiction rarely covers. You realise that The Devotion of Suspect X is not simply an extraordinary thriller but a love story. A strange one, it is true, but a love story nonetheless. It will linger long in the memory Independent on Sunday Intricate and beguiling...if you like riddles inside enigmas, it will please you no end Guardian Imaginative plotting...an erudite and quietly subversive police procedural that builds to a twisting finale that encapsulates the brutal fatalism of the great noir novels Irish Times 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 Beautifully judged prose...we are hooked even before the author pulls off another coup... Anyone who regularly writes about the crime genre is repeatedly asked: what's the next trend? If there were more genre authors in Japan as accomplished as this, the answer would be simple: Japanese crime fiction Independent

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Meticulous...a thriller hung on obsessional love and impeccable logic which drags you along with a teasing "how did he do it" logic...there's a tremendous sense of the more down-at-heel Tokyo neighbourhoods...and the ending is a killer twist Metro The finale is both chilling and moving, and confronts emotions that crime fiction rarely covers. You realise that The Devotion of Suspect X is not simply an extraordinary thriller but a love story. A strange one, it is true, but a love story nonetheless. It will linger long in the memory Independent on Sunday Intricate and beguiling...if you like riddles inside enigmas, it will please you no end Guardian Imaginative plotting...an erudite and quietly subversive police procedural that builds to a twisting finale that encapsulates the brutal fatalism of the great noir novels Irish Times 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 Beautifully judged prose...we are hooked even before the author pulls off another coup... Anyone who regularly writes about the crime genre is repeatedly asked: what's the next trend? If there were more genre authors in Japan as accomplished as this, the answer would be simple: Japanese crime fiction Independent

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1020 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408703254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408703250
  • ASIN: B0053YQNAE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,791 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Devotion of Suspect X, is a novel by Keigo Higashino, and is the third instalment in his Detective Galileo series. It is also his most acclaimed novel so far, garnering him numerous awards, such as the 134th Naoki Prize, one of the most highly regarded awards in Japan.
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.
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A vastly different crime novel where the post murder process is more significant than the deed. Admittedly slow paced but still intriguing.
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Less a 'whodunnit' than a 'how & why-dunnit' set in Japan. Very well parsed plot, seen through the eyes of a mathematician and a physicist. A suitable twist near the end, and a shiver-down-the-spine psychological denouement. Excellent holiday reading, and a change from usual UK-US fare.
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A very good read. One of the best crime novels around. Would
definitely recommend this book. Will be reading more by this author.
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Really well written and gripping story
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Very good book, bit different and worth a read, very easy to get through as well, not a hard one to stick at it with.
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I love it, a little difficult with the names, but with notes a super book
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With the exception of ‘Naoko’, 2004, this is only the second of the author’s mysteries, and the first of his Detective Galileo series, to be translated into English [by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander]. There is a fatuous comparison of Keigo Higashino to Stieg Larsson, this time by a reviewer in The Times, that is both ill-advised and unnecessary since the author is a very accomplished and inventive writer in his own right.

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.
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