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The Devotion of Suspect X: A Detective Galileo Novel [Paperback]

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Author Author : Higashino, Keigo
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1250002699
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781250002693
Publisher Publisher : Minotaur Books
Pages Pages : 320
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100314086

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.

The first major English pubication of the award-winning work by one of Japan's best-loved and best-selling novelists

&The best mystery novel I read [last year] was a standalone translation of a Japanese novel, The Devotion of Suspect X& a puzzle mystery that manages never to become a cozy& Ishigami, a mathematical genius who, through the vicissitudes of academic life has become a mere high school teacher, has fallen in love with the divorced mother-of-one who lives next door, and when she commits a killing in self-defense, he takes over the crime scene and arranges a brilliant deception that completely fools the police& [The Devotion of Suspect X] is smart at every level. Each revelation is smarter than the illusion it tears aside. And the colÓI

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