(Kyoichiro Kaga, Bk. 4). 6 CDs. 7:30 hrs. Macmillan Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781427244314. $29.99. digital download. F
Higashino is one of the most popular and best-selling of Japan's fiction writers; this work, set in 1996, is the first of the nine existing Kyochiro Kaga novels to be translated into English. Kaga is a deliberate and rational detective whose suspicions are raised when answers come too easily. Here Kaga must solve the murder of a famous writer, navigating multiple narratives and points of view to its labyrinthine conclusion. Novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home the night before his move from Japan to Vancouver. His body is found in his locked office by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have solid alibis. Or do they? Narrator Jeff Woodman does a good job conveying an extremely layered narrative.
VERDICT Highly recommended for mystery lovers. ["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," read the starred review of the Minotaur: St. Martin's hc, LJ 9/1/14.]
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