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May 12, 2012
Book Review : The Devotion of Suspect X
Title : The Devotion of Suspect X Author: Keigo Higashino
Price: INR 350
The Devotion of Suspect X is a thriller novel, originally
written by Keigo Higashino in Japanese in 2005.
I was thrilled to find a Japanese book's Indian edition for
review at Blogadda. Since I love to read mysteries, I applied for the book
review of The Devotion of Suspect X. Sadly, after reading the book, I couldn't
understand how2 million copies sold'
mark is true, though I should admit the characters have been well framed, there
is surprising element and there is a surprising twist at the end. It could be
because the novel begins with unveiling of the murder, how and why it happens
and the rest of the book is about the police chasing the criminal, whom we
Everyone has different preferences when it comes to reading.
An author can never satisfy all readers. It isn't necessary I like those books
others like and rate as the best and vice-versa. Nevertheless, the novel will
make an interesting read for those who want to find out how the police catch
the murderer, the twists and turns, and there is plenty of mathematics, for
those to love the thoughts of a mathematician genius (I skipped certain sentences
of 'mathematics' part as I find the subject a bit dry).
The story begins with Ishigami, a mathematics teacher who
has a huge crush on Yasuko, a middle-age divorced mother of a teeanger. Yasuko
works at Benten-tei, the shop that makes boxed lunches. Ishigami is a frequent
visitor at Benten-tei, to see Yasuko though he never shares his feelings for
her. They are also next-door neighbors. One day, Shinji Togashi, Yasuko's
ex-husband turns up at the shop and later, they meet at a restaurant, as Yasuko
wants to hide the meeting from her teenage daughter, Misato. Yet Shinji Togashi
turns up at Yasuko's doorstep later the same night, picks up a fight with
Yasuko and he is killed by the mother-daughter duo. Ishigami comes to their
rescue and help in covering up the murder. He orders the mother-daughter duo to
strictly follow his instructions. At such instances, I wondered if Ishigami is
The soft-spoken detective Kusanagi and his assistant
Kishitani begins investigating Shinji Togashi's murder after his body is found.
Yukawa, a brilliant Physics Professor of Imperial University enters the scene.
Yukawa and Kusanagi are friends and Yukawa often helps the investigator when an
investigation comes to a dead end. The main turn in the story comes with the
reunion of Ishigami and Yukawa, old college friends. Ishigami’s well-crafted
plan begins to fall apart. I wouldn’t like to reveal more of the story and kill
Keigo Higashino has a surprise element at the end, but it
wasn’t strong enough to make me excited, like it does in several mystery
novels. Several times, I felt the story is being dragged and it could have
ended in fewer pages.
What I appreciate the most about the novel is the simple
language, good and interrupted flow and gradually, revealing the
characters.You also get an insight
into Japanese culture and words.
Like I mentioned, story preferences differ from person to
person. If I’m to list the cons, I would say, the murderer is revealed at the
beginning of the novel. Hence, even though surprising turns can be found as the
story progresses, it doesn’t thrill much to know ‘what happens next.’ (But, probably, this is what makes the novel a
Makes an interesting read for those who like to read any
kind of mysteries, want to know how police can be misled if a genius is behind
the murder or covering up the murder, how
far a mathematician genius can go in covering up a crime and how another
brilliant professor can help in revealing the crime. Good language and good
flow (I liked the novel for these two reasons). Hats off to Keigo Higashino for
attempting a different mystery plot.