Author: Keigo Higashino
Publisher: Hachette India
Publication Date: February 2012
Paperback: 384 Pages
Stand Alone or Series: Inspector Galileo Series
Yasuko lives a quiet life, working in a Tokyo bento shop, a good mother to her only child. But when her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, her comfortable world is shattered. When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that day, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense, and it will take a genius to understand the genius behind this particular crime. One of the biggest-selling Japanese thrillers ever, and the inspiration for a cult film, The Devotion of Suspect X is now being discovered across the world. Its blend of a page-turning story, evocative Tokyo setting and utterly surprising ending make it a must-read for anyone interested in international fiction
I was in mood of reading a cozy mystery and Japanese author and setting of the book added to the curiosity.
Tetsuya Ishigami is a mathematician and teaches mathematics at school. His daily schedule is ordinary and very much expected of a mathematics teacher, to teach uninterested students and his trials to convince them mathematics is applicable everywhere. In music. In sports everywhere.
Yasuko Hanaoka is a single mother and neighbour of Ishigami. She works at a restaurant. Introduction to Yasuko changes the daily schedule of Ishigami. Now he stops to buy lunch at Yasuko’s restaurant before going to school. This is clearly pointed by owners of restaurant that otherwise unsociable Ishigami has an interest in Ishigami.
Yasuko’s life changes when his abusive ex-husband visits her after years to extract money from her. In an attempt to save her daughters life, Yasuko accidentally kills her ex- husband. Thereafter Ishigami helps her to hide the crime and the rest follows.
Detective Kusanagi and Yukawa, Kusanagi’s friend and school of Ishigami are involved in solving the case.
Talking about plot of the book, it throws you into the murder. You know the circumstances of the murder. You know the murderers. Now what. Obviously next thing is hiding the crime. The plot is unlike the typical mystery books and very convincing. Introducing the murder at the start of the book was surprising and I was wondering where this will lead to. But the rest of the story is crux of the book.
The river side of Tokyo and the surrounding of the actors of the book are very well described. It truly reflects the culture of Japan.
Ishigami an expertise in mathematics and Yukawa , an expertise in physics were good friends in school. Ishigami’s only friend in school was Yukawa and no one knew him well enough than Yukawa. The conversation between them while solving the case are most interesting thing in the book but they do tend to get confusing at times. I still think they could have been simpler.
One of the irritating aspect of the book was that it showed a lot of dependency on the facial reaction and guessing of the facts by detectives. Also some of the people introduced in the book did not have much role to play.
Overally The Devotion of Suspect X fits into my definition of cozy mystery which could be read at stretch and definitely satiates your curiosity .
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