Malice

Keigo Higashino, trans. from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith, with Elye Alexander. Minotaur, $24.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-250-03560-8
Set in 1996, Higashino’s first Kyoichiro Kaga novel to be translated into English is as fiendishly clever as The Devotion of Suspect X (2011), the first in his Detective Galileo series. Kaga finds that he has a personal connection to a murder case. Popular novelist Kunihiko Hidaka was strangled in his home, in some unspecified part of Japan, not long after a visit from his old friend Osamu Nonoguchi, who was also Kaga’s colleague when the detective was a teacher. Nonoguchi, one of two potential suspects, has no obvious motive for committing the crime, unlike the other suspect, Miyako Fujio. A few years earlier, Hidaka wrote a successful novel featuring a nasty lead character, a thinly disguised version of Miyako’s brother, Masayo. 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. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/04/2014
Release date: 10/07/2014
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