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The Devotion Of Suspect X by [Higashino, Keigo]
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Yasuko lives a quiet life, working in a Tokyo bento shop, a good mother to her only child. But when her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, her comfortable world is shattered.

When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that day, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense, and it will take a genius to understand the genius behind this particular crime...

One of the biggest-selling Japanese thrillers ever, and the inspiration for a cult film, The Devotion of Suspect X is now being discovered across the world. Its blend of a page-turning story, evocative Tokyo setting and utterly surprising ending make it a must-read for anyone interested in international fiction.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1020 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408703254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408703250
  • ASIN: B0053YQNAE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Keigo Higashimo's writing style is understated but gripping and his story-telling is that of a genuine craftsman. It really brings to life his descriptive settings if you have visited Tokyo but this is not essential to getting the most out of the reading experience. His characters are truly credible and their motives sometimes hidden from view but ultimately revealed. While this novel is a great read, I found his "Salvation of a Saint" more enjoyable, perhaps because that was my first exposure to this talented writer. He's welcome back to my reading list at any time.
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By reader on 24 September 2016
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A wonderfully different sort of detective story.
Evocative of Tokyo city scape with intriguing characters.
I enjoyed it very much.
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It's great and creative. The suspense builds up unconventionally and the characters are unforgettable.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 273 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, A Real Work of Art 5 February 2016
By Helen White Noble - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely gorgeous writing, clear and concise without oversimplifying. Knockout of a story. It may surprise you even if you think you know where it's going, and it's a tremendous character study. I will look for more by this author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual crime novel 10 November 2015
By morehumanthanhuman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an unusual crime novel that manages to play with our expectations of the genre. We expect certain things of our killers, detectives, geniuses – these expectations are played with here.

I don’t want to talk too much about the plot – one of the delights of this book is discovering it. I will say that Higashino just seems to “get” people – he creates characters who behave in ways that seem absolutely authentic, even when the situations are bizarre.

I’ve been reading a lot of Japanese fiction lately and I have found that translation can be a real sticking point for immersion in these novels. Some translations are so awkward. This one is elegant and unobtrusive.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A detective story in reverse 6 August 2012
By kapilash - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a cleverly and carefully constructed novel with each and every paragraph contributing to the plotline.

This novel has all the elements of a classic detective story. A murder in second chapter. There is a pair of inspector and a "consultant detective". While the detective is in the Sherlock Holmes/Hercule Poirot mould, the inspector is decidedly smarter than Lestrade. And the chemistry between them is different and much refreshing. And thankfully, there is no Captain Hastings/ Dr Watson to spend too many pages on wrong clues.

However, the story is told in reverse. We, the readers, know the culprits. And the motive. If you are attentive, you will even know what must have happened that is keeping the police from closing in on the suspects. But by that time, you are intrigued by the motives of the main characters. And closely related to the main plotline are a couple of poignant love stories dealt in a very mature way which hold our attention. Although the author hides a few things from the reader, the reader does not feel deceived. Making it a satisfying read when all the dots are finally connected.

However, the popular math bits and science information introduced into the narrative seemed a bit forced. For a math genius and a physics genius, they sure talk to each other about "P vs NP" and other things in a fairly childish fashion. Nevertheless, it does not take away too much from the novel.

Mark it for those rainy afternoons and savour it with hot coffee.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising 28 March 2017
By Michael Burke - Published on Amazon.com
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A detective and a seemingly emotionless killer. but only if logical outcome. Prepare to be surprised at the twists.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for my daughter, because she needed ... 9 December 2016
By Iceman Jazz - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my daughter, because she needed it for her English Honors class.

She said she couldn't put the book down. It made her cry, and was very an incredible read.