Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

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13 Critic Reviews

While readers of classic mysteries will be delighted with the elegant solution, the book will also appeal to fans of procedurals that carefully develop the relationships among the investigative team members.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

From the author of the internationally bestselling, award-winning The Devotion of Suspect X comes the latest novel featuring "Detective Galileo"

In 2011, The Devotion of Suspect X was a hit with critics and readers alike. The first major English language publication from the most popular bestselling writer in Japan, it was acclaimed as "stunning," "brilliant," and "ingenious." Now physics professor Manabu Yukawa—Detective Galileo—returns in a new case of impossible murder, where instincts clash with facts and theory with reality.

Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect—except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi's instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter. So she does what her boss has done for years when stymied—she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa.

But even the brilliant mind of Dr. Yukawa has trouble with this one, and he must somehow find a way to solve an impossible murder and capture a very real, very deadly murderer.

Salvation of a Saint is Keigo Higashino at his mind-bending best, pitting emotion against fact in a beautifully plotted crime novel filled with twists and reverses that will astonish and surprise even the most attentive and jaded of readers.

 

About Keigo Higashino

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KEIGO HIGASHINO is currently the bestselling author in Japan with over three dozen bestsellers, hundreds of millions of copies of his books sold worldwide, and nearly twenty films and television series based on his work.  He won the Naoki Prize for his first novel featuring Detective Galileo and he lives in Tokyo, Japan. ALEXANDER O. SMITH has translated a wide variety of novels, manga, and video games, for which he has been nominated for the Eisner Award, and won the ALA's Batchelder Award. He studied at Dartmouth College and holds an M.A. in Classical Japanese from Harvard University. He lives in Vermont.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 337 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Salvation of a Saint
All: 13 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average
on Apr 30 2012

...a hyperextended short story whose complications keep unfolding and proliferating till it’s grown to novel length.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Aug 06 2012

While readers of classic mysteries will be delighted with the elegant solution, the book will also appeal to fans of procedurals that carefully develop the relationships among the investigative team members.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Oct 19 2012

There are shadows of Holmes and Watson...a poisoned drink and a locked-room puzzle bring Agatha Christie and colleagues to mind...

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Oct 22 2012

SALVATION OF A SAINT contains tough, smart plotting at its core. It is supported by characters who are the equal of the book’s setup --- clever and intelligent...

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Yvonne Zipp on Feb 17 2013

Readers who like an ingenious puzzle will enjoy pitting their intellect against Galileo's.

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City Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Editor on Feb 11 2013

The answer is one of the most original I can recall encountering. I’ve been reading mysteries and watching movies and television shows for more than fifty years, and I’ve never seen this before. It’s a wonderful answer! So read this or miss out!

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Jon on Nov 05 2012

Salvation of a Saint is Keigo Higashino at his mind-bending best, pitting emotion against fact in a beautifully plotted crime novel filled with twists and reverses that will astonish and surprise even the most attentive and jaded of readers.

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DNA

Above average
Reviewed by Colleen Braganza on Feb 10 2013

...there are a few unimportant but untidy threads fluttering about. The author ties them all up into pretty little bows in the final chapter and it’s unsatisfying because the explanations feel forced.

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Shots

Below average
Reviewed by Gwen Moffat on Feb 17 2013

I had no curiosity concerning the identity of the murderer, there was no colour, no suspense; Salvation of a Saint is a Howdunnit, and dull.

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BookDragon

Good
on Oct 05 2012

... Keigo Higashino will expertly manipulate you, making you constantly rethink your suspicions.

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Asian Review of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Todd Shimoda on Jan 20 2013

The mystery works well, and the writing and translation are highly readable.

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The Adelaide Review

Excellent
Reviewed by William Charles on Nov 01 2012

...this novel revolves around depth of character and a minute dissection of the physical possibilities of constructing a crime and an alibi. Dostoyevsky would have loved it.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Excellent
Reviewed by Karla Jay on Oct 01 2012

The teasing out the solution to a perfect crime is a pleasant respite from the usual gore on the floor that seems to be the standard for most mysteries these days.

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