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FREE DOWNLOAD ô The Devotion of Suspect X õ 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 Devotion of Suspect X is the third book of the Detective Galileo series by the author Keigo Higashino The reason why I believe it has managed to attain such popularity, is because the book has broken free from the shackles of the typical whodunnit format The author presents us with a greater challenge than wondering who the murderer is he keeps us guessing about how the murder can be hidden, in order to make it a perfect crime.The premise of the story, as oft repeated, is simple Yasu The Devotion of Suspect X is the third book of the Detective Galileo series by the author Keigo Higashino The reason why I believe it has managed to attain such popularity, is because the book has broken free from the shackles of the typical whodunnit format The author presents us with a greater challenge than wondering who the murderer is he keeps us guessing about how the murder can be hidden, in order to make it a perfect crime.The premise of the story, as oft repeated, is simple Yasuko is a single mother to her teen aged daughter Misato She is frequently troubled by her ex husband who reappears intermittently to extort money from her One day, things go a little out of hand, and Yasuko, in a terrible fit of rage, ends up killing him Her neighbor Ishigami, a high school maths teacher, comes to her rescue He gives her the perfect alibi, with the perfect plan to cover up the murder.Investigating the murder is Detective Kusanagi, who finds himself drawn into one of his most puzzling cases He can sense something is wrong, but can t put his finger to it Thus, he takes the help of his friend, Yukawa, a physist with a penchant to solve crimes, thus earning himself the title Detective Galileo.What follows next is the ensuing battle of wits between the two geniuses Ishigami and Yukawa As the story progresses, we are forced to wonder, in the author s own words,Which is harder devising an unsolvable problem, or solving that problemI believe these two characters are the best sketched out, and they interested me the most However, one down side to the novel was the abysmally bad translation The sentences were jerky, and the flavour of the book was destroyed by the limp sentences So, it took me a while to ignore that and get drawn into the story Also, towards the middle, it kind of did get a bit slow, and I wished there were sometwists or actions.On the whole it was quite an enjoyable read, but a few things were off the key which stopped me from loving it.However, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to all those who would like to savour something out of the ordinary, on a wintery or rainy night.3.5 stars Both unusual and familiar,The Devotion of Suspect X is an unassuming mystery with an astonishing approach.It is a book that will toy with the very definition of the concept of spoilers it begins with a few hours in our main characters daily routines, then quickly jumps into an emotional scene that results in murder I admit that I was doubtful how was I to stay interested in a mystery where I already knew the answers to the who what where why when But Hiashino is quite masterful, drawin Both unusual and familiar,The Devotion of Suspect X is an unassuming mystery with an astonishing approach.It is a book that will toy with the very definition of the concept of spoilers it begins with a few hours in our main characters daily routines, then quickly jumps into an emotional scene that results in murder I admit that I was doubtful how was I to stay interested in a mystery where I already knew the answers to the who what where why when But Hiashino is quite masterful, drawing a veil over the disposition of the body The reader is left in a unique position of knowingthan the police about where the investigation should end, but discovering clues with the police as they work backwards.The narrative follows both the police investigation and the viewpoint of the perpetrator s , leaving me marveling at the chess game Something in it puts me in mind of Agatha Christie, although it could be that she s just the one I always think of when it comes to non gory murder and anuanced form of suspense It is a book that is as much about characters and social protocols as much as mystery, but don t let that frighten you away There s a distinct whiff of literary fiction about this as well, a story that is also about the everyday lives and the future dreams of the characters.My complaints are very small there was a preponderance of characters whose names began with K, and I believe at least two had first and last names with K A switch from first to last name use depending on who was talking proved initially confusing and left me glad I could flip back a few pages The ending sigh Appropriate, but leaving me ambivalent The air of melancholy is too strong for me to want to add this to my library, thus the less than 5 stars The fact that this was a best seller in Japan left me bemused According to the author s GR page, The Devotion of Suspect X was the second highest selling book in all of Japan fiction or nonfiction the year it was published, with over 800,000 copies sold I find this especially interesting when I think of the mysteries thrillers that routinely top American best seller lists This is almost the exact opposite kind of story, and for me, a farfulfilling one It leaves me curious to check out Higashino s other works.Four and a half bento boxes.Thanks to the Carols and Vivian for having left such thoughtful reviews that intrigued me enough to request it The classic whodunit works by misdirection, same as a magic trick As is the case with the magician, so with the mystery writer thethe skill in the smoothness of execution, themystifying the trick seems But unlike the magician who never tells , the author tells everything in the end as the clever detective reveals how the public have been duped by the villain, the reader is also equally dumbfounded The success of the mystery is in direct proportion to the amount of mystificatio The classic whodunit works by misdirection, same as a magic trick As is the case with the magician, so with the mystery writer thethe skill in the smoothness of execution, themystifying the trick seems But unlike the magician who never tells , the author tells everything in the end as the clever detective reveals how the public have been duped by the villain, the reader is also equally dumbfounded The success of the mystery is in direct proportion to the amount of mystification.In this novel, Keigo Higashimo presents a clever variation The murder happens during the first and second chapters, and we immediately know who committed it Yasuko, a single mother living alone with her daughter is forced to kill her ex husband in self defence When she plans to turn herself in, her neighbour Ishigami, a reclusive mathematical genius who is obsessed with her, prevents it He concocts a seemingly unbreakable alibi for mother and daughter however, unfortunately for Ishigami, the physicist and amateur sleuth Manabu Yukawa, his former classmate and genius of equal standing is on the case What follows is a absorbing cat and mouse game between the two, with really devastating denouement.The core of the mystery is not new I can remember the same plot device used in at least threestories by other authors no, I won t reveal which stories they are I should have seen the ending coming, but I was taken in by a simple ploy by the author There is a big plot hole the police immediately zeroing in on Yasuko and her daughter is unbelievable but we can condone that in such a tightly written story.What fascinated me, and raised this book to four stars, was the tussle between the mathematician who delights in creating insoluble puzzles and the physicist interested in tweaking out nature s laws from her behaviour, and building mathematical models for the same The P NP problem whether it is easier to work out a solution to problem by oneself, or to check whether another s solution for the same is correct or not seems to me fascinating PS I read this book because of the Malayalam blockbuster movie Drishyam Visual , rumoured to be plagiarised from it While the movie is in all probability inspired by this story, it is not a copy, and a refreshingly new take on the unbreakable alibi The Devotion of Suspect X is a must read for anyone who appreciates police procedurals, mysteries, math, Japan, literatureI could go on The Devotion of Suspect X is the third in the Detective Galileo series, but I didn t once have the impression that I lacked background or relationship information gleaned from the initial 2 books In fact, there were no references to prior cases or mysteries to suggest that earlier books existed If not for the publishers blurbs on the book, I d not have The Devotion of Suspect X is a must read for anyone who appreciates police procedurals, mysteries, math, Japan, literatureI could go on The Devotion of Suspect X is the third in the Detective Galileo series, but I didn t once have the impression that I lacked background or relationship information gleaned from the initial 2 books In fact, there were no references to prior cases or mysteries to suggest that earlier books existed If not for the publishers blurbs on the book, I d not have guessed they did.So why is The Devotion of Suspect X an excellent read 1 The lead detective, Kusanagi, is a normal, standard, by the book, thoughtful, straight arrow What distinguishes this novel from other police procedurals is Kusanagi s friend, Yukawa, a physicist Yukawa solves the mystery and cares deeply about the outcome Because.2 Ishigami, a high school math teacher whose brilliance and devotion to math are here allocated to assisting his ordinary, likable next door neighbor in covering up a murder, by employing masterful misdirection to focus the police on time wasting, unimportant questions and issues His efforts to motivate apathetic high school students won my respect and, at the same time, my pity Otherwise, he s not an easy character to get to know or to feel anything about, except that Yukawa s concern for him makes the reader care Nonetheless you respect his genius.3 The ending is one of the best I ve ever read The mystery is solved 20 pages before It doesn t matter There s many a thriller or mystery novelist who get an A for plot, but don t have a clue how to write a compelling ending I read the last several paragraphs a few times over they were just that good.4 Japan The style of this novel is insanely plot driven and at the same time calm, quiet, methodical, and thoughtful No screeching tires No bickering between the detectives No threatening with guns In an alternative universe where Lee Child is raised and lives in Japan, this might be the series he d have written instead of the Jack Reacher books which I also love, for different reasons, and which are culturally and quintessentially American Off to find my next Detective Galileo book