The Devotion of Suspect X

The Devotion of Suspect X
Keigo Higashino
Reviewed by Thomas Ogilvie
Little Brown
Thu, 07/07/2011
9781408703250
£12.99

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.

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