❮Epub❯ ➣ 容疑者Xの献身 [Yōgi-sha X no Kenshin] ➢ Author Keigo Higashino – Agedanna.info
Both unusual and familiar,The Devotion of Suspect X is an unassuming mystery with an astonishing approach.It is a book that will toy with the very definition of the concept of spoilers it begins with a few hours in our main characters daily routines, then quickly jumps into an emotional scene that results in murder I admit that I was doubtful how was I to stay interested in a mystery where I already knew the answers to the who what where why when But Hiashino is quite masterful, drawing a veil over the disposition of the body The reader is left in a unique position of knowing than the police about where the investigation should end, but discovering clues with the police as they work backwards.The narrative follows both the police investigation and the viewpoint of the perpetrator s , leaving me marveling at the chess game Something in it puts me in mind of Agatha Christie, although it could be that she s just the one I always think of when it comes to non gory murder and a nuanced form of suspense It is a book that is as much about characters and social protocols as much as mystery, but don t let that frighten you away There s a distinct whiff of literary fiction about this as well, a story that is also about the everyday lives and the future dreams of the characters.My complaints are very small there was a preponderance of characters whose names began with K, and I believe at least two had first and last names with K A switch from first to last name use depending on who was talking proved initially confusing and left me glad I could flip back a few pages The ending sigh Appropriate, but leaving me ambivalent The air of melancholy is too strong for me to want to add this to my library, thus the less than 5 stars The fact that this was a best seller in Japan left me bemused According to the author s GR page, The Devotion of Suspect X was the second highest selling book in all of Japan fiction or nonfiction the year it was published, with over 800,000 copies sold I find this especially interesting when I think of the mysteries thrillers that routinely top American best seller lists This is almost the exact opposite kind of story, and for me, a far fulfilling one It leaves me curious to check out Higashino s other works.Four and a half bento boxes.Thanks to the Carols and Vivian for having left such thoughtful reviews that intrigued me enough to request it This has been one of the top thrillers I have read this year and this story is like nothing I have ever read I will talk about this in my review.Firstly this is originally a Japanese novel and has been translated into English The translation is done pretty well and the flow of the story is really good.Basic Plot A crime is committed and then a plan is formed to cover up the crimeWhat they needed was a perfect defense based on perfect logicWhat happens when the investigation is being done by a genius and the cover up by a mastermind.This book was like an intense chess match and after each move from one end there was another counter move from the other end.The twists in the last few chapters had my mind reeling I think part of the main twist in the book is somewhat similar to a twist in one of Agatha Christie s novel view spoiler The Body in the Library hide spoiler The Devotion of Suspect X is a must read for anyone who appreciates police procedurals, mysteries, math, Japan, literature I could go on The Devotion of Suspect X is the third in the Detective Galileo series, but I didn t once have the impression that I lacked background or relationship information gleaned from the initial 2 books In fact, there were no references to prior cases or mysteries to suggest that earlier books existed If not for the publishers blurbs on the book, I d not have guessed they did.So why is The Devotion of Suspect X an excellent read 1 The lead detective, Kusanagi, is a normal, standard, by the book, thoughtful, straight arrow What distinguishes this novel from other police procedurals is Kusanagi s friend, Yukawa, a physicist Yukawa solves the mystery and cares deeply about the outcome Because.2 Ishigami, a high school math teacher whose brilliance and devotion to math are here allocated to assisting his ordinary, likable next door neighbor in covering up a murder, by employing masterful misdirection to focus the police on time wasting, unimportant questions and issues His efforts to motivate apathetic high school students won my respect and, at the same time, my pity Otherwise, he s not an easy character to get to know or to feel anything about, except that Yukawa s concern for him makes the reader care Nonetheless you respect his genius.3 The ending is one of the best I ve ever read The mystery is solved 20 pages before It doesn t matter There s many a thriller or mystery novelist who get an A for plot, but don t have a clue how to write a compelling ending I read the last several paragraphs a few times over they were just that good.4 Japan The style of this novel is insanely plot driven and at the same time calm, quiet, methodical, and thoughtful No screeching tires No bickering between the detectives No threatening with guns In an alternative universe where Lee Child is raised and lives in Japan, this might be the series he d have written instead of the Jack Reacher books which I also love, for different reasons, and which are culturally and quintessentially American Off to find my next Detective Galileo book. Not only is THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X a multi faceted cultural reading experience, but it also acutely complements the familiar psychological suspense thriller mystery genre by infusing Japanese philosophy Keigo Higashino shrewdly and subtly induces the reader to contemplate the immeasurable complexities of the human psyche by questioning what motivates one human being to judge who is worthy of life, and who is not.Tetsuya Ishigami s daily schedule is precisely what one would expect of a Japanese mathematics teacher His unsuccessful attempts to motivate visibly bored and apathetic students discourage Ishigami, and his one true passion of solving a complex mathematical formula, lies outside of the classroom within the confines of his small apartment A barren life carved out of necessity dramatically changes when Yasuko and her daughter Misato introduce themselves as his new neighbors He imagines a fantasy life with them, listening to mother and daughter through the thin apartment walls, and his daily walk to school includes a stop to purchase his boxed lunch at the small shop where Yasuko works Within this fictitious context, Ishigami surprisingly exhibits a fierce desire to protect both mother and daughter, and so begins a bizarre tale that originates with the unexpected arrival of Yasuko s nefarious ex husband Togashi.To divulge the minute intricacies of this suspenseful tale would require spoilers Ishigami s masterful, methodical, and devious scheme demands a skillful expos by the incongruous, yet highly likeable duo of Dr.Yukama and Detective Kusanagi, the intrepid investigators who are destined to unravel the shocking and mind boggling conundrum Imperial University graduates in different fields, Ishigami, Yukama and Kusanagi, seem equally matched Ishigami, unappreciated mathematical master of a methodical crime committed to protect Yasuko and Misato, and Yukama, preeminent master of rare intuitive observations of human frailties, and Kusanagi, resolute advocate of justice match their unparalleled wits to a stunning unbelievable conclusion The factual drama predominantly hinges on the intellectual cat and mouse chase between Ishigami, Buddha at University and Yukama, affectionately known as Professor Galileo by the police.Initially, the translation was a bit stilted, but once engrossed in the book, it was hardly noticeable In addition to the utterly fascinating and distinctive premise, the cultural milieu depicted an informative contemporary view of Japanese life. 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 Wowwww I loved this so much It was so great watching this puzzle come together Watch my full review I have to say this book was a delight The plot was very good I had to google some stuff, lol, but I learned a few things I didn t know before this book Thanks to my Goodreads friend, LaTonya for the recommendation. Jusqu la toute fin, j ai cru que ce roman tait une simple histoire polici re tr s agr able lire L intrigue tait originale et intelligente, avec une construction rarement vue dans d autres titres du genre, et une ambiance propre la culture japonaise, mais sans motions fortes Et puis il y a eu les explications, et j ai tout vu d un autre oeil, avec la gorge toute serr e Je suis tr s touch e par le d vouement en question, qui d passe ce que l on peut imaginer au d part, et les derni res pages a me serre le coeur Tant d absolu dans cet amour What a fantastic book Brilliant plot narration by the author One of the best books in the thriller genre I have read so far It is about a murder and how the protagonist helps the culprit cover up the crime recreating the crime scene not disclosing the details here The climax is absolutely surprising and it definitely keeps the reader on tenterhooks.I wonder if the Hindi Malayalam movie Drishyam was inspired by this book Enjoyed this immensely The Devotion of Suspect X is the third book of the Detective Galileo series by the author Keigo Higashino The reason why I believe it has managed to attain such popularity, is because the book has broken free from the shackles of the typical whodunnit format The author presents us with a greater challenge than wondering who the murderer is he keeps us guessing about how the murder can be hidden, in order to make it a perfect crime.The premise of the story, as oft repeated, is simple Yasuko is a single mother to her teen aged daughter Misato She is frequently troubled by her ex husband who reappears intermittently to extort money from her One day, things go a little out of hand, and Yasuko, in a terrible fit of rage, ends up killing him Her neighbor Ishigami, a high school maths teacher, comes to her rescue He gives her the perfect alibi, with the perfect plan to cover up the murder.Investigating the murder is Detective Kusanagi, who finds himself drawn into one of his most puzzling cases He can sense something is wrong, but can t put his finger to it Thus, he takes the help of his friend, Yukawa, a physist with a penchant to solve crimes, thus earning himself the title Detective Galileo.What follows next is the ensuing battle of wits between the two geniuses Ishigami and Yukawa As the story progresses, we are forced to wonder, in the author s own words,Which is harder devising an unsolvable problem, or solving that problemI believe these two characters are the best sketched out, and they interested me the most.However, one down side to the novel was the abysmally bad translation The sentences were jerky, and the flavour of the book was destroyed by the limp sentences So, it took me a while to ignore that and get drawn into the story Also, towards the middle, it kind of did get a bit slow, and I wished there were some twists or actions.On the whole it was quite an enjoyable read, but a few things were off the key which stopped me from loving it.However, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to all those who would like to savour something out of the ordinary, on a wintery or rainy night.3.5 stars.