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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.

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A near perfect mystery, with some very memorable characters and a brilliant 50s noir-ish feel despite the modern Japanese setting. I loved it. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
For a book that gives so much information at the beginning, it was still filled with twists, and the ending absolutely stunned me. ( )
  kordasix | Oct 31, 2021 |
That was the single best murder mystery I have ever read. The ending was such a super bummer. But with all the guilt, it was kind of a given. Bummer... ( )
  astronomist | Oct 3, 2021 |
4.5, fantastic read. Really connected with a certain character and didn't expect to feel what I felt at the end! ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
This book received the Naoki Prize for best novel in Japan in 2006, although it was not published in the U.S. until later. There is also a Japanese TV series called "Detective Galileo" based on this series, although I was mad to see that I started with book #3 of a series. Darn it. Higashino is the most popular, best-selling mystery author in Japan.

The characters in this novel are interesting, especially the mathematician, Ishigami. He is a genius who would rather spend his time solving complex mathematical problems or working out extensive mathematical proofs, unconcerned with gaining recognition for his efforts. The highlight of this story is his intellectual dueling with his university physicist friend, Yukawa, and his surprising feelings for a neighbor, Yasuko, whom he met by chance at a point where he felt that there was "no particular meaning to his life." A masterful and clever ending.

A lot of "Blind spots due to assumptions, eh? -- Yukawa
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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
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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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Alexander, Elye J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pittu, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

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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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