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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (579 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keigo Higashino Narrator: David Pittu, John Lee Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Detective Galileo Series Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781427221346
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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 listeners.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator David Pittu delivers a flawless and riveting performance. Spellbinding. AudioFile

  • David Pittu, a stage-trained actor, uses a variety of textures, tones and tempos – and just the hint of a Japanese accent – to give each character a voice of his or her own. The New York Times Book Review
  • On audio, the work is enhanced by the narration of David Pittu, who is one of the best performers with a broad range and a long list of accomplishments…He is superbly talented, thinking through each character's voice and demeanor. He never trips over difficult Japanese words…The performance is without flaw. Reviewing the Evidence
  • Pittu reads the mystery, using blunt and confident tones to portray Mashiba and more quavering emotional inflections for Mita…Give this to listeners who enjoyed Higashino's The Devotion of Suspect X. Booklist
  • David Pittu turns in a stellar reading, deftly transitioning between the principles and providing defining intonations for each. The plot is so intricate it will keep you guessing until the end. The Star-Ledger
  • Narrator David Pittu gives an impeccable performance, brushed with just a whisper of a foreign accent. BookPage

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martina | 2/1/2014

    " We loved the Devotion of Suspect X with the Mystery Group, and I'm once again engrossed in the slow evolution of another case for Kusanagi and friend. The poisoning death of a man who has just told his wife they are through since she has not given him a child in a year of marriage, sets both the wife and the wife's assistant, who is also the husband's paramour, as suspects. The how of the murder is central to the plot. Not how it was done but how it was possible to do... Listening to this one in the car. Another brilliant plot. The impossible made possible and then twisted around twice! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Rush | 1/30/2014

    " A well written novel where you are kept guessing who the culprit is until near the end. The crime is a mystery and intriguing and I could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane S. | 1/29/2014

    " This is only the second detective story I have read set in Japan. It is amazing, the many difference in the tone and writing of the various stories set in different countries. The British mysteries are very detailed, slower moving and atmospheric. The Nordic mysteries are very stark, the writing blunt and somewhat colder somehow. The Japanese seem to like puzzle mysteries, very matter fact writing, with very little emotion shown. I find it quite fascinating just as I found this novel. It is more of a how did they do it and how do we prove it type of story. Love the character of the psychics professor who helps the police dept. with unsolvable crimes and has an unquenchable curiosity. The story was very good and I will definitely read this authors next offering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manav | 1/26/2014

    " WOW, after 'The Devotion of Suspect X' this is another masterpiece from Keigo Higashino, I just love the way the mystery unfolds and again the charachter of Yukawa was brilliant. Would recommend this to any person who is interested in intelligent mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsa | 1/25/2014

    " Very enjoyable. More of a how-dunnit than a who-dunnit, which I really like in mystery stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina Gonsalves | 1/16/2014

    " I can understand why Higashino is the most widely read author in Japan. Some of the characters are the same from Suspect X, which I usually like. The plots are ingenous. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jingwen | 1/6/2014

    " i was really surprised by how the murderer committed the crime. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pieter | 11/20/2013

    " Noooot his best book. PLOT WAS AWFUL. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 11/8/2013

    " Clever and intriguing murder story! This is more of a "howdunnit" than a "whodunnit", and the details are superbly managed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nishant | 10/7/2013

    " Another very clever murder mystery from Higashino! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 7/2/2013

    " Very tricky plot! Higashino's attention to detail is impressive. I found it hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 4/6/2013

    " I very much enjoy Higashino's mysteries: they are quiet and smart and chilling and present an interesting portrait of a very different culture - an engrossing read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/21/2013

    " Ok, so we know who and we know why, but HOW? Is it the perfect crime or the impossible crime. It's impossible to not keep reading to find out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/4/2013

    " This was a very quick read. I enjoyed it, but not quite as much as Devotion of Suspect X. It still had me thinking quite a bit on how to solve the murder mystery and I liked the Japan aspect. "

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About the Author
Author Keigo Higashino

Keigo Higashino is the bestselling, best-known novelist in Japan and around Asia, with television and film adaptations of his work in several languages and many prestigious awards. He’s the author of The Devotion of Suspect X, the English translation of which was the finalist for the Edgar Award for best novel, and Salvation of a Saint.

About the Narrators

David Pittu, a two-time Tony Award nominee, has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which earned two prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. He has also won three Earphones Awards. Well-known for his work in theater, he has appeared off-Broadway in LoveMusik and Is He Dead, for which he received his Tony nominations, as well as Parade, for which he earned a National Broadway Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He is also a writer, member, and director of the Atlantic Theater company.

John Lee has read more than 100 audiobooks. His work has garnered multiple Earphones Awards and won AudioFile‘s Best Voice in Fiction & Classics in both 2008 and 2009. He also narrates video games, does voice-over work, and writes plays. He is an accomplished stage actor and has written and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit. He played Alydon in the 1963–64 Doctor Who serial The Daleks.