Salvation of A Saint

Salvation of A Saint

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From the author of the internationally bestselling, award-winning The Devotion of Suspect X comes the latest novel featuring "Detective Galileo"

In 2011, The Devotion of Suspect X was a hit with critics and readers alike. The first major English language publication from the most popular bestselling writer in Japan, it was acclaimed as "stunning," "brilliant," and "ingenious." Now physics professor Manabu Yukawa--Detective Galileo--returns in a new case of impossible murder, where instincts clash with facts and theory with reality.

Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect--except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi's instincts tell her one thing, thefacts of the case are another matter. So she does what her boss has done for years when stymied--she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa.

But even the brilliant mind of Dr. Yukawa has trouble with this one, and he must somehow find a way to solve an impossible murder and capture a very real, very deadly murderer.

Salvation of a Saint is Keigo Higashino at his mind-bending best, pitting emotion against fact in a beautifully plotted crime novel filled with twists and reverses that will astonish and surprise even the most attentive and jaded of readers.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780312600686
0312600682
Characteristics: 330 p.
Additional Contributors: Alexander, Elye J.
Smith, Alexander O.

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Tkhroch
Oct 26, 2017

intro to this genre - read first

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SandraLH
Apr 27, 2017

Just average mystery with, in my opinion, not very believable for so many characters to have irriational behaviors, including the detective. So many women in one plot to be that enamored with the same man to betray friends, and be so weak as to commit a serious crime and suicide is not only irritating, but not quite believable. I found Midsommer's Equation much more interesting and compelling.

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fojee
Jan 18, 2017

Read this after watching the last two episodes of Jdrama "Galileo" (season 2) so I already knew the trick to it, but the book still had some surprises.

The names were confusing at first but it helped that I had faces in mind for the characters, even if Kusanagi's role was downplayed in the series and Utsumi was replaced by a female Kishitani.

I think both book and show offer something unique and work well together because I liked the confession at the end of the show too. I think it explained the title better. (Except the Suspect X I watched both as Japanese and Korean movies so I'm reluctant to read the book.)

But I still devoured this in a day. I wish more of the Galileo books get translated to English. (Or just more fun Japanese mystery novels.)

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daysleeper236
Dec 30, 2016

A flawless murder mystery. Perfection.

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htliang
Mar 15, 2016

Interesting Japanese police procedural. I found it difficult to keep track of all the Japanese names in the novel: Kusanagi, Utsumi, Ayane, Yoshitaka, Hiromi, Tatsuhiko, Yukiko, Yukawa, Yoko, Kishitani, etc. For this reason, or perhaps because of Higashino's writing style, I could not connect with the characters or even picture them in my mind. The method of murder was interesting, but otherwise I didn't find anything too remarkable happened in the story.

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tinyky
May 27, 2015

I really enjoyed the mystery itself - it was well thought out, but the writing style was so... flat. But since this wasn't originally English, some of the story was likely lost in translation.

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thebritlass
Apr 07, 2015

A fascinating read, this mystery is more about how than who. The solution is truly ingenious and the pieces are revealed and explained at the right pace to keep you from putting the book down.

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czarina815
Feb 24, 2015

I gave up about half way through because I didn't really care how it was done. I found the dialog wooden. I was bored. Perhaps those who really like the puzzle aspect of a mystery novel will enjoy this.

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athena14
May 18, 2014

The slowest-flowing mystery I've ever read.

oO_Oo Apr 04, 2014

The story was interesting although I didn't think the characters were very well-developed. It may be that the writing suffers a little in translation from the original Japanese. Overall not a bad book, not a great book. Just a "meh" book.

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sky123
Jun 25, 2015

"...Most killers worry about how they'll do the deed, but in this case, it was the complete opposite. All of her efforts went toward not killing him. It was a very unusual kind of murder, you have to admit. An imaginary solution, if you will." p.301

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