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Journey Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino

Journey Under the Midnight Sun

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

A major bestseller in its native Japan, Higashino's massive novel is a worthy follow up to the translations of the already impressive MALICE and THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X . When a man is found murdered in Osaka in 1973 in an abandoned building, it's just another case for phlegmatic detective Sasagaki. Little does he realise that the case will take over the next twenty years of his life as a complex web of psychological dark undertones bind the victim's son and the fascinating daughter of the main suspect in curious fashion. Epic in tone and execution and with powerful Dostoyevskian obsessive powers at times evocative of James Ellroy's sagas of tainted good and seductive evil set in L.A., this a stark insight into human depths and a stylish tale of morality and failure with a daring lack of resolution. Definitely one for posterity. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Journey Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino

When a man is found murdered in an abandoned building in Osaka in 1973, unflappable detective Sasagaki is assigned to the case. He begins to piece together the connection of two young people who are inextricably linked to the crime; the dark, taciturn son of the victim and the unexpectedly captivating daughter of the main suspect. Over the next twenty years we follow their lives as Sasagaki pursues the case - which remains unsolved - to the point of obsession.


'As fiendishly clever as The Devotion of Suspect X...Higashino offers one twist after another, all of which touch on the theme suggested by the book's title. Readers will marvel at the artful way the plot builds to the solution of Hidaka's murder. Publishers Weekly on Malice Keigo Higashino again proves his mastery of the diabolical puzzle mystery with Malice, a story with more turns, twists, switchbacks and sudden stops than a Tokyo highway during Golden Week.' New York Times

'An exceptional study of the psychology of murder as well as a skilfully plotted narrative. Independent on Malice Keigo Higashino combines Dostoyevskian psychological realism with classic detective-story puzzles reminiscent of Agatha Christie and E.C. Bentley.' Wall Street Journal

'Smart and original...a true page turner...Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form. Library Journal, Starred Review on Malice Intricate... At the outset, [Higashino's] approach seems unsettling, but the Edgar nominee knows his business; Malice soon becomes awfully hard to put down.' Booklist

'The creator of Detective Galileo returns with another fiendishly clever Chinese - make that Japanese - box of a whydunit...Each time you're convinced Higashino's wrung every possible twist out of his golden-age setup, he comes up with a new one. If you still miss the days of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, you can't do better than this fleet, inventive retro puzzler.' Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Keigo Higashino is a Japanese author chiefly known for mystery novels. Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, which is awarded annually to the finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel HÃ…Â?kago (After School) at age 27. Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.

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8th October 2015


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