This is a novel/thriller that has generated a lot of interest.  Again, I thank the Feits for bringing it to the blog.

Cleverly pitting the logic of a mathematician against that of a
physicist, and then the physicist vs. an intuition-leaning detective,
this Japanese novelist has written a clever murder mystery with an
innovative ending.

There is no mystery as to the murderer:  A single mother, aided by her
daughter, strangles her abusive ex-husband.  What then follows
provides us with a chess match between her next door neighbor, a
mathematician, who undertakes to create a scenario to provide the two
women with iron-clad alibis, and a detective and his logic-leaning
physicist friend, who analyzes each possible clue.  It is an
interesting technique, and one that works well.

This is the author’s first major English publication (he is a big
seller in Japan, where more than 2 million copies of the book have
been sold), and the translation seems to have been made with the
formality of the original language in mind.  “Devotion” won the Naoki
Prize for Best Novel, the Japanese equivalent of the National Book
Award.  Deservedly.  And it is, here, heartily recommended.

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4 Responses to THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X – Keigo Higashino

  1. jennymilch says:

    Sounds like a great one! I know several devoted puzzle mystery fans–this seems to turn that technique on its ear. Thanks for the review, to you and the Feits.

  2. Susie says:

    Hi Beth,

    Great review.

    My first thought after having read The Devotion of Suspect X, and a few other Japanese crime fiction novels was they aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.
    What I liked most about this book is the intimacy the reader develops between characters.

    Psychology plays a big part in the Japanese crime novels I’ve read, similar to what you’ll find in Karin Fossum’s books.

    I highly recommend this book.


  3. Beth says:

    The first Japanese crime thriller I read was ALL SHE EVER WANTED. i bought it at the Japanese Pavilion at World Showcase in Disney World.

    Great books can be found in the most unusual locations.

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