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Salvation of a Saint

By Keigo Higashino

Salvation of a Saint
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2012,
    336 pages.

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From the author of the internationally bestselling, award-winning The Devotion of Suspect X comes the latest novel featuring "Detective Galileo".

In 2011, The Devotion of Suspect X was a hit with critics and readers alike. The first major English language publication from the most popular bestselling writer in Japan, it was acclaimed as "stunning," "brilliant," and "ingenious." Now physics professor Manabu Yukawa - Detective Galileo - returns in a new case of impossible murder, where instincts clash with facts and theory with reality.


Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect - except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi's instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter. So she does what her boss has done for years when stymied - she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa.

But even the brilliant mind of Dr. Yukawa has trouble with this one, and he must somehow find a way to solve an impossible murder and capture a very real, very deadly murderer.

Salvation for a Saint is Keigo Higashino at his mind-bending best, pitting emotion against fact in a beautifully plotted crime novel filled with twists and reverses that will astonish and surprise even the most attentive and jaded of readers.

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"Starred Review. Howdunit, rather than whodunit, appears to be the central question of Edgar-finalist Higashino's brilliant second mystery featuring Tokyo police detective Manabu Yukawa (after 2011's The Devotion of Suspect X)...While readers of classic mysteries will be delighted with the elegant solution, the book will also appeal to fans of procedurals that carefully develop the relationships among the investigative team members." - Publishers Weekly

"A retro puzzler that recalls Anthony Berkeley's classic The Poisoned Chocolates Case in its structure: a hyperextended short story whose complications keep unfolding and proliferating till it's grown to novel length." - Kirkus

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Gin H. (Troutdale, OR)
Salvation of a Saint
I found this to be an unique mystery in that the focus isn't so much on "who" but rather "how." I enjoyed the interaction of the characters investigating the crime. This was my first time reading a book written by a Japanese author and I enjoyed the setting and style.

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Debbie M. (grand junction, CO)
Salvation of a Saint
Salvation of a Saint was a very engaging mystery. The characters drew you in and you wanted them all to be the good guy.
Every clue lead to a possible solution, but all were found not plausible. The final solution was a surprise.
I really enjoyed this mystery and look forward to others by Keigo Higashino.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Neil W. (Tavares, FL)
Intriguing, Excellent Mystery
This is an intriguing novel that holds you in suspense until the end. It is well written and easy to read. An almost perfect murder was committed until Detective Kusanagi, his Assistant, Utsumi, and Physics Professor, Yukawa (former Detective Galileo) combine their talents and theories to solve the mystery. The title of the novel is a bit mysterious itself. Highly recommended.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Lisa R. (Salem, OR)
Interesting Read
This was a new author to me, so I don't know any of the backstory for these characters, but it was entirely possible to read this book as a standalone. That said, I am going to look for the previous books, as I enjoyed the mystery, although I was fairly certain who the culprit was, although not how the crime took place, or even totally why until the end. The only thing that took me out of the story a little bit, is that it is fairly obvious (or was to me) that this story has been translated into English. The dialogue and phrasing are such that the language didn't quite flow as we expect it to in English. That said, I just reminded myself I was reading in subtitles! There was no bad language, no sex, and surprise, surprise, the story was still great. That is something I definitely appreciate sometimes, although I think we have become somewhat accustomed to that now. Overall I recommend this book, and will search out more by this author!

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Lenni H. (Dallas, TX)
It's All in the Water
Keigo Higashino has done it again. Last year his mystery The Devotion of Suspect X won praise and awards, as American readers were introduced to his Detective Galileo series. Now Salvation of a Saint presents an equally intriguing murder case. And like Devotion, this mystery begins by telling the reader who the murderer is and why it happened. The compulsion to keep reading comes from watching Detective Kusanagi and his new female assistant Utsumi, as they consult with physicist "Galileo" Yukawa to determine who poisoned the victim's water, and how. It seems to be a perfect crime, and the victim's wife is so perfect that Kusanagi begins to fall in love with her.
Translated from Japanese, the dialogue sounds formal to the American ear, but makes you aware of the foreignness of Tokyo, even in today's global culture. All the characters' emotions are far beneath the surface, but the reader comes to understand, and in most cases to sympathize, with complex people caught in a complex plot.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Arden A. (Lady Lake, FL)
Another Intricate Murder
I was fortunate to have reviewed this author's prior book, "The Devotion of Suspect X," when it was offered for review two years ago. I am particularly happy to now have the chance to read and review this novel, as well.

The familiar characters are back with a new mystery. Detective Kusanagi and Yukawa, the physicist dubbed "Detective Galileo," are joined by junior detective Utsumi to solve a murder. Again, it is an intricate plot that unwinds slowly and methodically. Cultural differences abound, and perhaps those cultural issues contribute to the method and timing of the murder. In addition, the Japanese are exceedingly polite and civilized to suspects and witnesses alike during their investigations, very unlike what our police procedure reflects. The methodology of the police department itself adds further contrast to crime-solving in our country, as well as an additional level of enjoyment. It is a very well thought-out and well-written novel, an excellent read, and I enjoyed it even more than the first one.

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Keigo Higashino Author Biography

Keigo Higashino is currently the bestselling author in Japan with over three dozen bestsellers, hundreds of millions of copies of his books sold worldwide, and nearly twenty films and television series based on his work. He won the Naoki Prize for his first novel featuring Detective Galileo. He lives in Tokyo.

Alexander O. Smith has translated a wide variety of novels, manga, and video games, for which he has been nominated for the Eisner Award, and won the ALA's Batchelder Award. He studied at Dartmouth College and holds an M.A. in Classical Japanese from Harvard University. He lives in Vermont.

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Keigo Higashino: ke-ee-go hee-ga-shee-no

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