Salvation of a saint

Keigo Higashino, 1958-

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Mystery fiction
New York : Minotaur Books 2012.
1st U.S. ed
Physical Description
330 p. ; 25 cm
Main Author
Keigo Higashino, 1958- (-)
Other Authors
Alexander O. Smith (-), Elye J. Alexander
Review by Booklist Reviews

Edgar-nominee Higashino (The Devotion of Suspect X, 2011) offers an audacious premise as, in the opening pages, he all but tells us that Ayane Mita is going to poison her husband, Yoshitaka Mashiba. Then Yoshitaka is, indeed, poisoned via arsenic in his coffee. However, Ayane is out of town and well alibied. As mismatched detectives Kusanagi and Utsumi pursue the truth, aided by the prickly, exacting professor Yukawa, we become more and more certain Ayane did it—but, like the detectives, we can't possibly imagine how it could ever be proved. Has she committed the perfect crime? Despite the Toyko setting, Higashino isn't interested in atmosphere, and he's not really interested in plumbing the depths of the characters' emotional lives, either. Instead, this plays out in a series of interviews, reinterviews, and hypothetical conversations that focus on the smallest nuances of evidence and motive. Readers who prefer guns-drawn action won't respond, but those who thrill to the cerebral pleasures of deduction will drink it right down . . . keeping a wary eye on their own cups of coffee. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

A man is found poisoned to death in his home a few days after he announced to his wife his desire for them to separate. Tokyo detective Kusanagi and his partner begin to round up the suspects, with the jilted wife as the leading contender. Was it the girlfriend, the business associate, or a random act of violence? The solution eludes the investigators until physics professor Yukawa, known as Detective Galileo, is introduced to the case. But even his brilliant mind can't seem to connect all the pieces. VERDICT This intricate, sophisticated story will pique the interest of the most avid mystery readers, especially those who loved the author's acclaimed The Devotion of Suspect X. With this new book, Higashino has taken the art and craft of mystery writing to a new level of excellence. [See Prepub Alert, 7/12.]—Ron Samul, New London, CT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Howdunit, rather than whodunit, appears to be the central question of Edgar-finalist Higashino's brilliant second mystery featuring Tokyo police detective Manabu Yukawa (after 2011's The Devotion of Suspect X). After Yoshitaka Mashiba tells his wife, Ayane, that their short marriage is over because she hasn't become pregnant, Ayane thinks about "the white powder hidden in a sealed plastic bag" and decides that her husband has to die, adding a cryptic "too." When Ayane leaves town to tend to an ailing parent, her protégé, who's also her husband's mistress, stops by to find Mashiba dead of what turns out to be arsenic poisoning. How did the poison enter the victim's system at a time when the obvious suspect, the scorned wife, was away? 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. Agent: Anna Stein, Aitken Alexander Associates. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a man about to leave his wife is found murdered and the wife has a too-convenient alibi that convinces a smitten lead detective of her innocence, Professor Manubu Yukawa is tapped by a concerned Kaoru Utsumi to solve a seemingly impossible case.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a man about to leave his wife is found murdered and the wife has a too-convenient alibi that convinces a smitten lead detective of her innocence, Professor Manabu Yukawa is tapped by a concerned Kaoru Utsumi to solve a seemingly impossible case. By the author of The Devotion of Suspect X. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.