Salvation of a Saint

Salvation of a Saint In 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

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 theorIn 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 for 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 readers.

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  1. Keigo Higashino is one of the most popular and biggest selling fiction authors in Japan as well known as James Patterson, Dean Koontz or Tom Clancy are in the USA.Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co presently DENSO He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, which is awarded annually to the finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel H kago 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 Inc award for the novel Himitsu The Secret , which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical under the title of Naoko in 2004 In 2006, he won the 134th Naoki Prize for Y gisha X no Kenshin His novels had been nominated five times before winning with this novel.The Devotion of Suspect X was the second highest selling book in all of Japan fiction or nonfiction the year it was published, with over 800,000 copies sold It won the prestigious Naoki Prize for Best Novel the Japanese equivalent of the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize Made into a motion picture in Japan, The Devotion of Suspect X spent 4 weeks at the top of the box office and was the third highest grossing film of the year.Higashino s novels have movie and TV series adaptations than Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum, and as many as Michael Crichton.

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  1. I was completely captured by Higashino s previous book, The Devotion of Suspect X, and pre ordered Salvation of a Saint as soon as I heard about it.It exceeded my expectations How do you keep your readers interested in a murder mystery when the murderer is revealed at the very beginning of the book 1 By making the execution of the murder so devious that it will need the input of Detective Galileo , a modern day, Japanese Sherlock, to reveal it.2 By writing the murderer and the investigators in s [...]

  2. This is perfect, actually, Utsumi said as he handed her one of the mugs What is This coffee You see, the case begins with a cup of coffee Get yourself a cup of coffee as you settle down to read this Japanese mystery novel Coffee in fact plays a very important part in this story.Right from the outset we know the who or do we and the why What we don t know is the how Oh, we know that the victim s coffee was poisoned, but how and when was it done However, the police haven t read the first chapter o [...]

  3. A big thank you to Blogadda for kindly forwarding a review copy to me The task of reviewing a novel of the mystery detective genre usually presents itself as a challenge to me Not because it is hard to put into words what the story holds without giving away spoilers But because a detective novel usually doesn t give a reviewer much to go on, aside from a mystery and its solution.But despite being a book of the same genre, Salvation of a Saint, provides ample food for thought on the complexities [...]

  4. Kusanagi had met plenty of good, admirable people who d been turned into murderers by circumstance There was something about them he always seemed to sense, an aura that they shared Somehow, their transgression freed them from the confines of a mortal existence, allowing them to perceive the great truths of the universe At the same time, it meant they had one foot in forbidden territory They straddled the line between sanity and madness Detective Galileo has done it again, by solving the perfect [...]

  5. There s nothing scary than the truth that hides in plain sight.First of all, what makes this this murder mystery an interesting read,1 By the end of the 1st chapter, you will know who committed the murder.2 By the end of the 2nd chapter, you will know what happened to the victim as we always do.BUT3 It will take close to 300 pages to find out exactly how the victim was murdered.When one picks up a murder mystery, one might expect an extremely elaborate plan to murder, motives that can sometimes [...]

  6. I don t recommend this book if you are trying to cut down on caffeine I say this as someone who drinks far too much coffee for his own good I decided to knock coffee on the head for a week The same week, by chance, I started listening to the audiobook of Salvation of a Saint On day one, I had terrible headaches and a real craving for the smell and taste of filter coffee And then I found, much to my chagrin, the victim keels over from a cup of poisoned coffee and all I could think about was coffe [...]

  7. Salvation of a Saint is the second Higashino novel I ve read in as many weeks It takes place in Japan and is a masterful police procedural featuring several police detectives and the ever fabulous physics professor Yukawa solving what appears initially to be the perfect crime One of the things I love about Higashino s novels is that they reflect a uniquely Japanese style and temperament The aggressive confrontational interrogation tactics typical of American detective novels and movies is nowher [...]

  8. The tag Japanese Stieg Larrson did me in It made me fall for this book and wasted 3 4 hours of my life that I am not going to get back.I was not exactly expecting a Crime and Punishment here But, tell me, if it is unfair to expect a The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo from the Japanese Stieg Larrson.Even if I am not particularly a big fan of Larrson well, I didn t like the latter 2 books in the Millennium series as much as the first one , but comparing Higashino to Larrson is like comparing Chetan B [...]

  9. These Keigo Higashino are fixed within a common mystery detective genre, but hold a singular Japanese style which quite changes the formula It alters difference in feel, approach, confrontation, reflecting the over culture well But that exact point of style in particular is also a factor to why many readers of impatience or other faster paced and less repetitious to manners sensibilities would not persevere to the end Many Westerners will pale at the repeating language Exact words in plot progre [...]

  10. Was better than my expectations Devoured it page by page I love intelligence in women, devious brains and a mystery which exercises my brain cells, and of course the Japanese way of life, storytelling and descriptions.A man in his early middle age , who was about to divorce his wife of a year, as she couldn t conceive in the stipulated time, is found dead in his house by his young lover, who s in fact the wife s disciple He s died of arsenic poisoning And the search for the killer starts, the ob [...]

  11. 3.5I get the pattern of Keigo Higashino novels First we come to know the crime and then the next moment we get to know the criminal but what we won t know is the reason behind it and these kinds of mysteries is what i love to read Where rather than concentrating on who is the criminal, the plot is about why and how it was done Ayane and Yoshitaka a married couple, don t have children even after trying But Yoshitaka is so adamant about having his own child that he doesn t mind divorcing his curr [...]

  12. I love Keigo s style a lot, he always make me go nervous after revealing who s the killer and go mysteriously wonder about how they will do the investigation later The case seems so simple, suspect was obvious and yet Keigo was so great to keep me glued until the very last page.The new girl detective really caught my eyes, so in love with her style of investigation I was shocked with her conclusion about Kusanagi to Yukawa I never thought Kusanagi would go personal on it, but he after all a huma [...]

  13. A good unconventional mystery but it lacked the punch in the gut intensity that made The Devotion of Suspect X shine.

  14. This book has much to enjoy A trip to Japan, a good investigator, a puzzling and confusing investigation You know the who, what and how of the murder The ingenious outcome has some awful aspects It doesn t disappoint in construction but is disturbing.

  15. This unconventional mystery has at its core a playful consideration of gender stereotypes From page 1, the victim, Yoshitaka Mashiba, is a preening narcissist unapologetic about his misogyny The book opens with his reiteration of his so called life s plan The only purpose of marriage is to have children It s been a year, and his wife Ayane is still not pregnant Her time is up, he announces, while at the same time chiding her for her unsympathetic attitude toward this setback in this goal He will [...]

  16. Here comes the second thriller of Keigo Higashino, who I have fallen in awe with, after the jaw dropping end of Devotion of Suspect X I will start off this review telling that, if you haven t read the first one till now, please do yourself a favour and read that I would put that novel beside The Millennium Trilogy Higashino hasn t got the nick Japanese Stieg Larsson for free.First a question How would you keep your readers glued to a crime story where in the first chapter you have declared whodu [...]

  17. Keigo Higashino, who teased readers worldwide with his novel THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X about a year ago is back again with a new novel to tease again, intrigue again and keep readers turning the pages until the very end The author known as the Japanese Stieg Larsson has a reputation to maintain and he s certainly doing a good job of maintaining it.True, it was an English playwright, Congreve, who said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned But this is a universal phenomenon When the person [...]

  18. Sadly, my expectations were not met Maybe it s because it s the 5th book of the series but in my opinion it s pretty forgettable and very underwhelming

  19. Review berisi spoiler Susah mereview buku ini tanpa memberi spoiler disana sini.Salvation of a Saint buku kedua Mr Higashino yang saya baca Saya terpesona dengan kasus, pelaku, dan pemecahan yang super rapi dan alibi susah dipecahkan Saya terenyuh dan kaget melihat Kusanagi jatuh cinta pada sang suspect Meski begitu, dalam perjalanannya menangani kasus ini, ternyata Kusanagi masih berakal sehat dan cinta tidak membutakan akal sehatnya Dia memiliki insting yang kuat sebagai detektif Jadi, dia det [...]

  20. A lot can happen over a cup of coffee it is said, after reading Salvation of a Saint I would love to add murder to the list Set in modern Tokyo, Salvation of Saint is Keigo Higashino s 1st book I came across Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi is the lead protagonist of this crime fiction and has the task of figuring out the killer of Yoshitaka Mashiba along with his team members Utsumi, Mamiya, Kishitani and detective Galileo Prof Yukawa The story starts with the couple Yoshitaka and Ayane contront [...]

  21. El maldito de Keigo Higashino lo ha vuelto a hacer, la resoluci n ha vuelto a sorprenderme Esta novela es una muestra del lab lit o literatura de laboratorio en el que la resoluci n de un misterio mediante medios o procedimientos cient ficos centra toda la historia No es como CSI Aqu , m s que t cnicas forenses modernas, lo que importa es utilizar el razonamiento cient fico para dilucidar el c mo M s incluso que el porqu El porqu es lo que se va desgranando poco a poco mientras se desarrolla el [...]

  22. Ordinarily, if a murder mystery began with the killer s stated intention toward the victim, I d tell readers to proceed with caution or avoid the book altogether How challenging can a mystery be if the primary actors are revealed right away Where s the mystery Salvation of a Saint was written by Keigo Higashino, so the mystery lies in how, and why, whether the murderer will be caught, and most importantly whether you want them to be caught As in every other Higashino mystery I ve read, justice i [...]

  23. Hace mucho tiempo, creo que antes de tener el blog, le La devoci n del sospechoso X, del mismo autor Un libro que me cautiv por completo y que no he dejado de recomendar desde entonces Por eso, al enterarme de que hab a otro t tulo del autor publicado en castellano no dud en hacerme con l y repetir experiencia La lectura ha sido satisfactoria, ya que estamos ante un puzzle muy complejo y dif cil de resolver, pese a saber, desde la primera p gina, qui n es el asesino, al igual que suced a con La [...]

  24. An excellent, first class mystery This is the second Detective Galileo mystery I have read and, as much as I liked the first one The Devotion of Suspect X A Detective Galileo Novel , I think this one is much better.Yoshitaka Mashiba is a selfish, heartless, and callous man who is obsessed with having a child When his wife Ayane is unable to have one after barely a year of marriage, he decides their marriage is over and he already has a replacement waiting Not surprisingly, he is dead by page 19 [...]

  25. Yoshitaka Mashiba,seorang CEO di sebuah syarikat IT,ditemui mati di dalam rumahnya oleh Hiromi Wakayama Hiromi merupakan kekasih gelap kepada Yoshitaka Apa yang menimbulkan tanda tanya adalah bagaimana mangsa meninggal dunia Punca kematiannya adalah diakibatkan oleh racun yang terkandung di dalam kopi yang diminumnya Tiada tanda tanda yang menunjukkan rumah si mati diceroboh masuk Perkara ini menyebabkan isteri mangsa,Ayane Mita atau Mashiba disyaki Namun demikian,ketika kejadian pembunuhan berl [...]

  26. Those who liked Keigo Higashino first novel The Devotion of Suspect X are definitely going to like Salvation of a Saint The premise is same as the earlier book with the murderer getting revealed at the very beginning of the book and the trick lies in keeping the reader engrossed till the end by playing the cat and mouse game between the police detectives and the suspect.With each new lead, the reader gets to re examine the clues along with the detectives There are several red herrings thrown in [...]

  27. 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 of a how [...]

  28. Devotion of Suspect X was a fabulous read Salvation of a Saint is a good book and has an amazing explanation for how the murder happened For me, the difference between the 2 books is the buildup telling of the story Devotion took me down the garden path so I was not at all clear on how things would turn out With Salvation, I didn t have things figured out but the process of discovery seemed a bit boring or drawn out Again, the reveal at the end is amazing but the journey there seemed a bit slow [...]

  29. Ist jetzt nicht so superspannend, aber die Tatsache, dass der Krimi in Japan spielt und von einem Japaner geschrieben wurde, fasziniert mich einfach Man lernt doch einiges, mir war z.B gar nicht klar, dass die Stadt Hiroshima heute ganz normal wieder bewohnt ist Da f llt mir auf Fukushima stimmt vielleicht etwas nicht mit der Endung shima bei japanischen Orten Die L sung des Falls ist mir ein bisschen zu technisch Ich w nschte, solche Krimis g be es auch mit Schauplatz Korea

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