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Malice by Keigo Higashino
  

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A cleverly written novel describing a murder and a confession, but the investigating police officer does not believe the motive stated. The first chapter is a witness statement, the second the police officer’s analysis and then we get more information from the witness and so on until he confesses in Chapter 5. But this is just the beginning of what the reader comes to believe is a very unreliable narrator’s confession. Why? In a complicated trail of deduction with some interesting points on literature (both the murderer and victim were authors) a fascinating tale unfolds. The detective, Kaga, also starred in the impressive The Devotion of Suspect X.

If you like Keigo Higashino you might also like to read books by Hitomi Kanchara, Natsuo Kirino and Stieg Larsson.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Higashino’s Detective Kyochiro Kaga is a wonderfully idiosyncratic character. In this complex tale of cat and mouse, a detective and a writer consider the implications of actions in the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. Which one of the two writers was finally guilty of malice? Malice is the latest book by Keigo Higashino, proving again why a million Japanese readers hold him in such high esteem. The Devotion of Suspect X sold an astonishing number of copies in its native country, but has acquired the status of a phenomenon – and even become something of a national obsession. The new book is a worthy successor.
~ Barry Forshaw

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Synopsis

Malice by Keigo Higashino

Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, in a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems. Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka's best friend. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same high school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Osamu Nonoguchi left to become a full-time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka. But Kaga thinks something is a little bit off with Nonoguchi's statement and investigates further, ultimately executing a search warrant on Nonoguchi's apartment. There he finds evidence that shows that the two writers' relationship was very different than the two claimed. Nonoguchi confesses to the murder, but that's only the beginning of the story. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the writer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. Which one of the two writers was ultimately guilty of malice?

Reviews

'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 on Malice

'Smart and original...a true page turner...Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form.' Library Journal

'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

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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Publication date

5th February 2015

Author

Keigo Higashino

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Publisher

Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780349140520

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