The Devotion of Suspect X (Paperback)

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Yasuko Hanaoka thought she had escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day, the situation quickly escalates, and Togashi ends up dead. Yasuko''s next-door-neighbor Ishigami offers his help, not only disposing of the body, but plotting the cover-up as well.


Publisher St Martins Pr
Mfg Part# 9781250002693
SKU 222997086
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1250002699
Release Date 2/28/2012
"Higashino won Japan's Naoki Prize for Best Novel with this stunning thriller about miscarried human devotion, a bestseller in Japan....In this brutally laconic translation, cold logic battles warm hearts throughout this elegant proof of the wages of sin, in which everyone suffers and no one can ever win." (starred review)
"[An] ingeniously plotted mystery....The brilliance of this scheme can't be fully appreciated until the conclusion of the story, which has been translated from the Japanese into chilly English by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander."
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Annotation Award-winning Japanese author Keigo Higashino artfully crafts a novel that, underneath a clean veneer of logic and mathematical precision, boils with passion. When her abusive husband shows up again and threatens her and her daughter, Yasuko Hanaoka kills him. Ishigami, a math teacher who lives next door and is in love with Yasuko, takes it upon himself to engineer a cover-up plan. A persistent detective, a physicist nicknamed "Professor Galileo," and another love interest further complicate matters for the devoted Ishigami and the conflicted Yasuko.
Editors Note Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence and Togashi ends up dead on her apartment floor. Overhearing the commotion, Yasuko’s next door neighbor, middle-aged high school mathematics teacher Ishigami, offers his help, disposing not only of the body but plotting the cover-up step-by-step. When the body turns up and is identified, Detective Kusanagi draws the case and Yasuko comes under suspicion. Kusanagi is unable to find any obvious holes in Yasuko’s manufactured alibi and yet is still sure that there’s something wrong. Kusanagi brings in Dr. Manabu Yukawa, a physicist and college friend who frequently consults with the police. Yukawa, known to the police by the nickname Professor Galileo, went to college with Ishigami. After meeting up with him again, Yukawa is convinced that Ishigami had something to do with the murder. What ensues is a high level battle of wits, as Ishigami tries to protect Yasuko by outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa, who faces his most clever and determined opponent yet.
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