Book Review: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

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I was lucky to read Keigo Higashino’s earlier book the “Devotion of suspect X”, which again was sent by Blogadda for review. Click here to read the review.


Overview of the book:

When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away? As Tokyo police detective Kusanagi tries to unpick a seemingly unrelated sequence of events he finds himself falling for Ayane. When his judgement becomes dangerously clouded his assistant must call on an old friend for help; it will take a genius to unravel the most spectacular web of deceit they have ever faced. Salvation of a Saint is a magnificently complex and page-turning thriller starring international crime fiction’s most enigmatic sleuth.This is essential reading for all fans of exceptional crime fiction.

Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Year 2013
ISBN-13 9780349139340
ISBN-10 0349139342
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 384 Pages

Review :

It is same as the “suspect-X”. you know the crime is committed, and have one main suspect. But how the detective nails on the suspect with trial and error is the real story.

Yoshitaka: business man. He is murdered with Arsenic.

Ayane: one of the main suspect, Youshitaka’s wife. She runs a school of patchworking.

detective Kusanagi( also known as Galileo) : he is detective, who tries to solve the crime case with professor Manabu Yukawa and Utsumi Kaoru ( cop). ( oh yes you need to read few lines again to determine the gender. After you get hang out the story, you remember the characters).

Utsumi Kaoru: she is the lady cop.anything she says has a female intuition connected . she doubts that Kusanagi has developed  liking towards Ayane and hence she goes to Professor for help rather than to the detective.

Hiromi Wakayama: apprentice worker at Ayane’s patchwork institute.

Yoshitaka and Ayane host a party at their house. After which Yoshitaka  tells Ayane about his decision to divorce her as she couldn’t bear children. Ayane leave the house with a pretext of her Ill father.Ayane leaves the house keys with Hiromi suspecting that her husband is having an affair with her.  Next day, Yoshitaka is found dead in his house.

Ayane becomes the main suspect. Detectives find it difficult to understand how somebody who is miles away from the city poison her husband. They try and check her alibi.

In the process of investigation, Utsumi feels that, Kusangai has developed soft corner for the main suspect, pulls in Professor Yukawa into the picture.

I still find the first book more interesting than this one. May be now I got used to this style of book. But still it kept me reading on. A perfect thriller which makes you race with the book and left with a feeling to know more and find out how the crime is committed. The book was little female centric with Ayane the main Suspect, Hiromi another suspect who is interrogated the most. Utsumi, the police officer with great female instincts, trying to pin one of the main suspects. The author makes reader guessing about the suspect.

Know the author:

Born in OsakaKeigi Higashino started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. (presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Award, which is awarded annually to the unpublished finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After School) at age 27. Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.

In 1999, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for the novel Naoko, which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical Inc. in 2004. In 2006, he won the 134th Naoki Prize forThe Devotion of Suspect X (Yōgisha X no Kenshin). His novels had been nominated five times before winning the award. The novel also won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize and was ranked as the number-one novel by Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006 and 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan.

The English translation of The Devotion of Suspect X was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel.

He writes not only mystery novels but also essays and story books for children. The style of writing differs from his novels, but basically he does not use as many characters as in his novels