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The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
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Title:The Devotion of Suspect X
Authors:Keigo Higashino
Other authors:Alexander O. Smith (Translator)
Info:Minotaur Books (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Your library, Kindle, Read in 2012
Tags:Fiction, Kindle, Mystery, Japan, Bought 2012, Read 2012

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This is a Japanese murder mystery with a twist. From the very beginning we know the murderer, and the focus of the book is the game of cat and mouse played as the evidence needed to convict the murderer is sought.

Yasuko is the divorced mother of a teenager. Her ex-husband, Togashi, was abusive, and has been mostly absent from their lives since the divorce. When he shows up demanding money, the argument escalates to violence and he ends up dead. Yasuko and her daughter are distraught and do not know what to do. Their next-door neighbor Ishigami, who has overheard the commotion, rings the doorbell and offers his assitance in disposing of the body and helping them avoid detection. Ishigami is a genius, a brilliant mathematician who has squelched his academic ambitions to teache high school math while obsessively working on mathmatical proofs during his off-hours.

The detective assigned to the case is assisted by a physics professor, Yukawa, who happens to be a university friend of Ishigami and who has never understood why Ishigami abandoned his ambitions. Ishigami and Yukawa parry with each other, each trying to anticipate the moves the other will take, and to act accordingly. Ultimately, the question becomes, "Is it more difficult to formulate an unsolveable problem, or to solve that problem?" ( )
  arubabookwoman | Apr 25, 2016 |
Loved this book! Full of surprises at every turn. ( )
  Kimmyd76 | Apr 11, 2016 |
Keith Ablow
  jmail | Mar 21, 2016 |
This book reminded me of some of Ruth Rendell's work. Higashino makes one think that you are just following detective Kusanagi as he solves the crime, but the reality is very different. Very good book and story. ( )
  Maya47Bob46 | Feb 18, 2016 |
Yasuko divorced her abusive ex-husband, but that hasn't stopped him from finding out where she's living, and harassing her and her teenaged daughter. One night he ends up dead on Yusuko's apartment floor. Their neighbour knows what they've done and quickly devises a plan to cover up what really happened.

The characters are well developed and believable, and the story is full of twists and turns that will shock you. This book was amazing.

I received a free copy through Goodreads First Reads.
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  jenn88 | Feb 14, 2016 |
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Anyone may be capable of murder, but only a mathematical genius can concoct a foolproof plan for getting away with it. That’s the premise of THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, Keigo Higashino’s ingeniously plotted mystery about a math teacher who deduces that the neighbor he worships has murdered her abusive ex-husband and then calmly offers to help her escape the consequences. “Logical thinking will get us through this,” Tetsuya Ishigami promises...
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At 7:35 A.M. Ishigami left his apartment as he did every weekday morning.
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The series name of 'Detective Galileo' relates to the character  Manabu Yukawa who is a professor and physicist in the books and is frequently consulted by his friend, a detective in the Tokyo police - he is affectionately known as 'Detective Galileo'
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Yasuko Hanaoka, a divorced single mother, thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband. But when he shows up one day, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter, Misato, the situation quickly escalates and he ends up dead on her apartment floor. Without hesitation, her enigmatic neighbor, Ishigami, a brilliant math teacher whose devotion to Yasuko runs deep, offers to calculate the perfect alibi. His one condition is that the two women must follow his instructions to the letter.

Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police, faced with a brutal murder and evidence that doesn't add up, seeks the advice of his college friend Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a brilliant physicist nicknamed "Detective Galileo." Yukawa knows the math genius from his past, and what ensues is a fierce battle of wits, one mastermind against another, one using all his skill and wits to uncover the truth, the other risking everything, proving the depths of his devotion.

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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-up step-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.

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Yasuko Hanaoka thought she had escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day, the situation quickly escalates and Togashi ends up dead. Yasuko's next-door-neighbor Ishigami offers his help, not only disposing of the body, but plotting the cover-up as well.… (more)

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