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The devotion of suspect X
Keigo Higashino
Adult Fiction HIGASHI

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Higashino won Japan's Naoki Prize for Best Novel with this stunning thriller about miscarried human devotion, a bestseller in Japan. Pretty Tokyo divorcee Yasuko Hanaoka, secretly adored by her neighbor, lonely mathematician Ishigami, strangles her abusive ex-husband when he threatens her daughter, only to find herself suffocating in Ishigami's "perfect defense based on perfect logic," his plot to save her from arrest. As the police investigation proceeds, Ishigami's schoolmate, physicist Manabu Yukawa, plays chess with detective Kusanagi and elegant cat-and-mouse with Ishigami, while wealthy Mr. Kudo wins Yasuko's heart but, fatally, not her conscience. The characters' Japanese names can be confusing, but overall the author successfully combines unquestionable reasoning with unquenchable pain. In this brutally laconic translation, cold logic battles warm hearts throughout this elegant proof of the wages of sin, in which everyone suffers and no one can ever win. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Yasuko kills her abusive ex-husband in defense of her daughter; the only other witness to the murder is the brilliant mathematician who lives across the hall. He decides to help them conceal the murder and creates the perfect alibi for Yasuko, thus beginning a thrilling cat-and-mouse game among the suspects, the police, and a brilliant physicist who knows the math teacher. As the police chip away at the alibi, it is slowly revealed that the math genius' devotion to Yasuko is based not only on love but also on the purity of committing the perfect crime. Yasuko has to remain a pawn to the math teacher's plan, but she wonders how long and how far he will go. Verdict Winner of Japan's prestigious Naoki Prize and a best seller there with more than two million copies sold, this literary psychological thriller is a subtle and shifting murder mystery. It will make readers redefine devotion and trust in an otherwise complete stranger. [75,000-copy first printing.]-Ron Samul, New London, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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