In Higashino's first book to be translated into English, we quickly learn who the murderer is, but that's inconsequential to the plot, which concerns whether Yasuko and her neighbour Ishigami, a mathematician, can get away with it. Ishigami constructs elaborate alibis to fox the police but doesn't count on Detective Galileo, an old rival who helps the investigation.
The translation is decent, and the novel feels distinctly Japanese, but fans of gore and action won't find much. Higashino's success is in the characterisation and twists that make it more of a psychological mystery than a crime thriller. While it sometimes seems bogged down in details, it's the details that hold the key to this enjoyable read.