The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

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This e-book now includes preview chapters from Higashino's newest mystery, SALVATION OF A SAINT. Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor. Overhearing the commotion, Yasuko’s next door neighbor, middle-aged high school mathematics teacher Ishigami, offers his help, disposing not only of the body but plotting the cover-up step-by-step.

When the body turns up and is identified, Detective Kusanagi draws the case and Yasuko comes under suspicion. Kusanagi is unable to find any obvious holes in Yasuko’s manufactured alibi and yet is still sure that there’s something wrong. Kusanagi brings in Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist and college friend who frequently consults with the police. Yukawa, known to the police by the nickname Professor Galileo, went to college with Ishigami. After meeting up with him again, Yukawa is convinced that Ishigami had something to do with the murder. What ensues is a high level battle of wits, as Ishigami tries to protect Yasuko by outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa, who faces his most clever and determined opponent yet.

 

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 February 1, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Meticulous high-school math teacher Ishigami frequents the modest box-lunch shop Benten-tei because of his crush on Yasuko Hanaoka, a young mother who works there.

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In this tightly plotted crime novel, Higashino pits a brilliant math teacher, Tetsuya Ishigami, against Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a shrewd physicist whose deductive prowess has earned him the nickname Detective Galileo.

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Book Reporter

The attentions of Kusanagi and particularly Yukawa are slowly drawn to Ishigami, due to his proximity to Yasuko and his all-but-obvious attraction to her.

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A workmanlike mystery, The Devotion Of Suspect X is mostly notable for doing what its airport-reading American equivalent does, but with slightly better prose and fewer gratuitous stabs at creating emotional interest: It briskly kills the bad guy in the first two chapters, then gets on with the s...

Mar 24 2011 | Read Full Review of The Devotion of Suspect X

Reviewing the Evidence

This change of pace is reflected in the excellent narration by David Pittu, who seems to start out at much too slow a pace, in part reflecting Ishigami's emotionless demeanor.

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We Love This Book

In Higashino's first book to be translated into English, we quickly learn who the murderer is, but that's inconsequential to the plot, which concerns whether Yasuko and her neighbour Ishigami, a mathematician, can get away with it.

Jul 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Devotion of Suspect X

Bookmarks Magazine

The Devotion of Suspect X, a best-selling novel in Japan that was adapted for the big screen and was subsequently an Asian box office hit, is crime novelist Keigo Higashino's American debut.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Cleverly pitting the logic of a mathematician against that of a physicist, and then the physicist vs.

Sep 22 2011 | Read Full Review of The Devotion of Suspect X

BookRack

Once, I had Prashant Sharma’s book in my hand which had something related to a death of a character because of the protagonist’s foolishness, but the whole book had no scene related to that killing anywhere after the killing scene itself.

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BookRack

After all ,what’s the point in reviewing a book which has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide till date?Millions of people can’t go wrong anyways,right?I was seriously thinking about buying this book when I chanced upon Blog adda’s announcement on this book being a part of their Book revie...

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Open Salon

Ishigami is infatuated towards Yasuko and lives in expectation of a time when he could make his first move towards expressing his real feelings for Yasuko.

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News Review.

Yasuko reluctantly accepts, mostly out of concern that Misato will be punished for her role in Togashi’s death.

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Time Out Bangalore

This affords Ishigami the dubious pleasure of visiting Yasuko daily, when he shyly buys his lunch from her.

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APOOO Bookclub

By Beverly Jackson • Jul 1st, 2011 • Category: Book Review 2011 • Email This Post • Print This Post The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino opens as a murder mystery turning into a police procedural, a detective story, and best of all a mind puzzle.

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Warren County Living

Read the description of the book again, what do you think is going to happen in this book?

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