Title : Salvation of a Saint
Author : Keigo Higashino
Genre : Fiction, Suspense Thriller
Publisher : Little Brown Book Group
Binding : Paperback
Pages : 384
Price :Rs. 350 (buy from flipkart in Rs. 214 (39% off))
Murder mysteries,Crime thrillers ,Investigative reads – Aah!! For me, too hard to pick such books .
Internationally acclaimed, award winning , Japanese author of the multi million copy bestseller THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X ,the title of the book and the blurb was an exceptional blend to stimulate me to flip through the pages of KEIGO HIGASHINO’s SALVATION OF A SAINT which undoubtedly had me beguiled right from the start to the end.
A classic murder mystery adorned with well constructed plot of suspense,few amazing twists and turns,riddles inside enigmas along with a bizarre murder technique .The murderer was introduced in the very first chapter and the story took pace turning through the pages leaving behind the major clue that death happened due to poison .
Yoshitaka,the president of an IT company,a typical male chauvinist, highly egoistic was running his marriage as per his declared terms and conditions ,which became null and void with sips of arsenic laced coffee.The prime suspect was his wife Ayane,a patchwork quilter whom he was cheating on just because she could not reproduce even after one year of their marriage.Who else could be ?
WHODUNIT ? Who was the killer? Was it a combined conspiracy or Was she Hiromi ,an apprentice quilter of Ayane whom Yoshitaka has taken as a mistress and she was the only person present when he died.
The team of detective Kusanagi churned their gray matter applying scientific theories one of which was the theory of elimination to finally reach the truth. The degree of complexity became higher when it was found that Ayane was physically thousands of miles away when this murder took place .
Detective Galileo ,an old friend of Kusangai was called to unravel this mystery .He racked his brain with all sorts of observations , interrogations , theories, possibilities and what not .. Apart from WHODUNIT, an irksome question was HOWDUNIT?
A perfect murder it was .The tricks and tactics used to prepare the blueprint of murder which answers the question HOWDUNIT was far more interesting than the flat simple answer of WHODUNIT.
The difficult part in the book –
1.To get acquainted with the characters easily as they had Japanese names and I had quite a tough time to recall and connect with them.
2.Initially the story paced up but in between somewhere it fell flat and I had to manage somehow to maintain the interest.
Smooth narration.Language being simple and gripping.The writer has a unique and refreshing style .Out and out a decent thriller and if your gray matter chuckles around the murder mysteries then it’s a compulsive read for you.Enjoyable and fun read.
Ratings : 8/10
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. (Presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Award, which is awarded annually to the unpublished finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After School) at age 27. Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.
In 1999, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for the novel Naoko, which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical Inc. in 2004. In 2006, he won the 134thNaoki Prize for The Devotion of Suspect X . His novels had been nominated five times before winning the award. The novel also won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize and was ranked as the number-one novel by Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006 and 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan.
The English translation of The Devotion of Suspect X was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel.
He writes not only mystery novels but also essays and story books for children. The style of writing differs from his novels, but basically he does not use as many characters as in his novels.
Last but not the least a big round of applause for both Alexander O Smith and Elye J for brilliantly translating this masterpiece from Japanese.
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