The Devotion of Suspect X

The Devotion of Suspect X

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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-upstep-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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2011.
ISBN: 9780312375065
Characteristics: 298 p. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Alexander O.
Alexander, Elye J.


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Jun 09, 2020

I am rarely in a quandary as to whether or not I like a book. As a reader of about 150 mysteries a year, I have a large sample. This book is certainly unique in its style. In some ways I really enjoyed the cerebral aspect to the detectives involved and the plot twists. In other ways, I found the author to be deliberately obtuse and glorifying the idea that "I am smarter than my readers". As a fairly bright summa cum laude - phi beta kappa college graduate with an advanced degree, I appreciate complex writing and can generally understand what I read, but something about the author's attitude grated on me.... I need to try another book in the series before I can form a solid opinion. Kristi & Abby Tabby

IndyPL_TimothyV May 30, 2020

Although eight books have been published in the Detective Galileo series, only three (The Devotion of Suspect X, Salvation of a Saint, A Midsummer's Equation) have been translated into English.

Nov 14, 2019

I never ever read this kind of mystery book!
This book starts with murder but it takes unexpected turn! that is the beauty of whole book. twist turns! Not only murder it has information about maths, close friendship, OMG! must read book.

multcolib_susannel Oct 02, 2019

Police Inspector Kaga teams up with his old friend Yukawa, nicknamed Professor Galleo, to solve the mystery of a murdered man found by the waterfront.

Jul 15, 2019

Wow! The most aptly titled novel I've ever read!
Keigo Higashino takes the seemingly mundane and banal, does a shake-and-bake with twists and turns and arrives with High Mystery!
Mr. Higashino is most definitely a master craftsman of the mystery genre - - no doubt about it.
[Of course, many will doubt any such characters from his novels could exist outside in reality, yet how many really grasp reality? Wasn't Lee Oswald really the assassin of President Kennedy even though the Texas state attorney general testified he was an FBI informant, and that CIA man in their payroll accounting testified that Mr. Oswald was in the CIA's payroll system? Of course, one should only believe Dick Cheney and George W. Bush who refused to testify under oath! {Does anyone recall how a rich democrat offered a fantastic sum to anyone who would come forward to state they had gone through either Officers Training School or USAF Flight School with George W. Bush, YET NO ONE ever came forward?} The City of London Corporation and their City Fund have run enough propaganda campaigns against Brexit - - yet not one so-called reporter has mentioned how EU membership killed collective bargaining in the UK {every time there was a union strike, they simply flew in scab workers from another part of the European Union}. Today we have Alt-Right and Alt-Left, but no true left remains. A pathetic author with the Alt-Left claims anyone mentioning the name, Rothschild, is automatically a white nationalist Alt-Right type; yet how could one not mention that name when stating that it was Lady de Rothschild who hosted multiple fundraisers for presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton, at Martha's Vineyard; and it was the Rothschild's bank in London where those rigged LIBOR rates were coordinated; also it was the French branch of the Rothschild family originally responsible for proposing the existing financial structure of the Euro currency back in the early 1970s. Things may be more complex than many can imagine . . . .]

Jul 08, 2019

This author is wildly popular in Japan. This unconventional crime fiction novel is highly recommended for readers who love to solve the puzzle in a mystery book.

Jun 25, 2019

Not your usual mystery. Three people know who did it. And one of them is a genius. Will the police figure out who the murderer was? Keigo Higashino keeps you on the edge of your seat because the Japanese police don't have a Columbo on the force.

Apr 23, 2019

Interesting, unusual crime solving.

Mar 12, 2019

Clever. Clever. Clever. Great read. Very unusual whodunit. This is the second book I have read from this author and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately not many of his books have been translated.

Oct 23, 2017

This was a OK book. watch out! it has a surprising ending

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gardengeek Mar 27, 2011

A wonderfully twisted plot that is totally Japanese oriented. Even murder is politely executed and elegantly solved.

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