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Title:The Devotion of Suspect X
Authors:Keigo Higashino
Info:Abacus (2012), Paperback, 384 pages
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This is an unusual police procedural set in Tokyo, Japan. The reader knows who the murderer is from the beginning, and the suspense comes from finding out whether the cover-up will be successful. There's a cat and mouse game being played, but not between the detective and the murderer, but between a physicist working in a university lab who sometimes consults for the lead detective and the next-door neighbor of the murderer who engage in the battle of wits.

Ishigami, a high school math teacher, loves his neighbor, Yasuko. Yasuko is a divorced mother who works in a small shop selling bento boxes. He buys his lunch from her every day, but lacks the courage to speak to her. On day, her estranged ex-husband appears and after he follows her home and forces his way into her apartment, there's an altercation and he is killed. Hearing the commotion, Ishigami appears and takes charge.

The Devotion of Suspect X was an interesting deviation from the usual police procedural. Coupled with the Japanese setting, this proved to be a fun evening's read. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Dec 2, 2016 |
Solitary mathematician Ishigami is devoted, from afar, to his neighbor Yasuko who barely registers his presence. Yasuko and her daughter Misato have escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When Togashi unexpectedly reappears, a violent confrontation (truly self-defense) results in his death. Ishigami helps Yasuko dispose of the body and plots a perfect, logical cover-up. When the corpse is found and identified, a relentless, dedicated Detective Kusanagi starts investigating. However, it is his chess partner and frequent police consultant, physicist Manabu Yukawa, an old-college friend of Ishigami, who pushes the investigation back to Yasuko. The mathematician battles wits with the physicist, with Ishigami desperate to save the woman he adores.

Higashino has crafted a riveting psychological suspense novel, where tension remains high throughout and the characters jump off the page. The competition between a genius mathematician's logic and a brilliant physicist's observations adds a rare zest. The story definitely mixes Japanese culture, attitudes, and philosophies to create a unique and exotic flavour.

Higashino won Japan's Naoki Prize for Best Novel with this book, which also launched his American debut. While this was the first book released in America, it is the third book starring physicist and consultant Manabu Yukawa. ( )
  ktoonen | Aug 5, 2016 |
At the beginning of this mystery the reader meets mild-mannered math teacher Ishigami as he walks to work on a route which takes him past the lunch shop, "Benten-tei" where he orders lunch every day from his attractive neighbor, Yasuko Hanaoka. When her abusive ex-husband comes to Yasuko and her daughter's apartment one evening and ends up dead at their hands, Ishigami constructs a watertight alibi for them. The police are suspicious and determined to find out who killed the man. They enlist the support of their own scientist in the murder investigation, the brilliant and eccentric physicist Yukawa Manabu, who just happens to be an old classmate of Ishigami's. The center of the story starts with the unpicking of the alibi and the beginning of a battle of wills between the two scientists to completely outwit one another. I thought this was really interesting but I missed the character interaction that happens in more typical mysteries. The suppressed nature of the men kept me from becoming as involved in the story as I usually like. However, the plot is very cleverly constructed and I enjoyed it very much. I definitely plan to pick up the next book in the series, Salvation of a Saint. " ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jun 16, 2016 |
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 |
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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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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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