Minotaur: St. Martin's. Oct. 2014. 288p. tr. from Japanese by Alexander O. Smith with Elye Alexander. ISBN 9781250035608. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250035615. M
OrangeReviewStarIn this new offering from the best-selling author of The Devotion of Suspect X and Salvation of a Saint, Det. Kyochiro Kaga steps to center stage to solve a strange and baffling case. When an acclaimed novelist is viciously murdered in his home the night before he moves to Vancouver with his wife, Kaga is brought in to investigate. Arriving at the crime scene, he recognizes the writer's best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi, who discovered the body. Kaga had known Nonoguchi when they worked as teachers in the same public school. As the detective unravels the relationship between an acclaimed author and his old school friend, it is clear that the link between the two men is based on shifting stories, different motives, and threads of interconnection that travel back into the past.
VERDICT This smart and original mystery is a true page-turner that carries the reader through theories and relationships that will baffle, surprise, and draw out suspicion until the final few pages. With each book, Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form. [Library marketing.]
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