Sunday, May 13, 2012

BOOK: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

 The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino, 298 pages

nominated for Edgar Award - best novel, 2011

I've really enjoyed Miyuki Miyabe's Japanese crime novels (I've read three already) so when I saw The Devotion of Suspect X  by Keigo Higashino was nominated for best mystery novel, and that my libary had a copy, I grabbed it.

What happens when a brilliant but lonely middle aged math teacher puts his mind to work to help his 'adored from afar' neighbour deal with the death of her creepy ex-husband? It turns into a game of chess between the man and an old college associate, who happens to be a friend of the police detective investigating the death.

Criminals never get away with their crimes, because they continually commit crimes until they get caught. The best chance to get away with a crime would be one well thought out plan, and then no more crimes, which is what might happen in this book. A great, well plotted story, with characters that seemed real, faults and all.

also reviewed: jackie at farm lane books; kerrie at mysteries in paradise; les at lesley's book nook; wendy at musings of a bookish kitty;