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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,692 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Keigo Higashino Narrator: David Pittu Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Detective Galileo Series Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ingeniously plotted.”

    New York Times

  • “[The Devotion of Suspect X] is smart at every level. Each revelation is smarter than the illusion it tears aside. And the conclusion, which depends on understanding of human character rather than logic or science, is both satisfying and frustrating. Satisfying, because it is utterly just and true to character; frustrating, because quite against our own moral sense we find ourselves rooting for the bad guy—because we understand him so well he doesn’t seem all that bad.”

    Orson Scott Card

  • “Veteran police detective matches wits with a brilliant rookie criminal. This character-driven mystery by the prolific Higashino has much to recommend, including a droll Columbo-like sleuth and a great surprise ending.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[A] stunning thriller…The author successfully combines unquestionable reasoning with unquenchable pain. In this brutally laconic translation, cold logic battles warm hearts throughout this elegant proof of the wages of sin, in which everyone suffers and no one can ever win.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This literary psychological thriller is a subtle and shifting murder mystery. It will make readers redefine devotion and trust in an otherwise complete stranger.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A 2012 Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A RUSA Reading List Selection: Mystery
  • Selected for the March 2011 Indie Next List
  • A 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jia Hui | 2/19/2014

    " The book is even better than the movie adaptation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura Tortorelli | 2/16/2014

    " An elegant and complex little mystery, with great Japanese background. A quick read and very clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christopher Klug | 2/8/2014

    " Wasn't really sure where it was headed in the first chapter, but it turned out to be a very good read, with interesting characters and a very clever plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenny Benn | 1/30/2014

    " A complex plot and some intriguing characters - well translated into English and easy to read. A stunning twist at the end - but I didn't relate to the characters as much as some other readers seem to have. I was interested in the outcome, but found the didn't quite reach the emotional depth it could have. Worth a read though. "

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