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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, 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. At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka's best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same public school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Nonoguchi eventually left to become a full time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka. As Kaga investigates, he eventually uncovers evidence that indicates that the two writers' relationship was very different than they claimed, that they were anything but best friends. But the question before Kaga isn't necessarily who, or how, but why. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. And if Kaga isn't able to uncover and prove why the murder was committed, then the truth may never come out.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2014
Edition: First English edition
ISBN: 9781250035608
Call Number: M HIGASHIN
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 23, 2020

We know early on who did the murder and how. But will the police find out why? Keigo Higashino has produced a tightly written mystery that tmakes a big turn everytime you think you've got it figured out.

Jan 06, 2020

Compare to other his mystery novels this one was average. I enjoyed reading as I like his writing style. This novel particularly has many theories surrounding murder. At the end reader will come to know the truth. I gave five star because I enjoyed reading it.

multcolib_susannel Oct 02, 2019

Police Inspector Kaga doesn't take anything for granted, so when an award-winning author is found strangled, he knows there must be more to it.
The audiobook version is excellent!

Sep 06, 2019

When the crime is "solved" halfway through the book you know there's an exciting twist coming. But I found this one clunky and predictable and the detective's persistence frankly unbelievable. Interviewing many, many people about their childhood memories of the victim and his murderer just to find the motive? Come on now!

Jun 02, 2019

Malice is a great experience, a fascinating take on the murder mystery genre. A psychological masterpiece for the ages.

Oct 15, 2018

Devotion of Suspect X and A Midsummer's Equation were both more entertaining. The detective and the accused in this very clever plot both seemed kind of flat, compared to the intriguing Detective "Galileo". Still a well-written puzzle.

Apr 09, 2018

It was a easy read, long chapters, great twist and my official favourite book!

Mar 31, 2017

I found the story rather lack-luster and somewhat boring until about two-thirds through and then became a bit entrigued to finish the book as Dectective Kaga gave his analogy of the crime. Skipping from one character to another in first person was a different spin. This is the second book I have read by the author and "A Midsummer Equation" was more interesting.

heidenkind Jan 24, 2017

Very twisty and compulsively readable.

ArapahoeBridget Aug 24, 2016

The interesting back and forth format made the mystery itself more engaging, and I stayed up late to finish. I'll definitely be seeking out other stories by this author!

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