Thursday, 16 July 2015

Review of Keigo Higashino's The Salvation of Saints


聖女の救済 (Seijo no Kyusai)

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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The Salvation of Saints is book 5 in the Detective Galileo series. This is a really engaging book. Like his other books you already know from the first chapter who committed the crime. It's how they went about committing it and then covering it up that is the most interesting part. In this book the Detective Galileo is less present and less annoying then in the Devotion of Suspect X, which for me makes it a better read. I definitely recommend this book, if you’re going to read just one of Higashino's books in the Detective Galileo series that are available in English this is the book to read.  4/5 diamonds 

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