Book: Salvation of a Saint
Author: Keigo Higashino
Number of pages: 330
Price: Rs. 350
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, the facts 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.
From the author of the internationally bestselling, award-winning “The Devotion of Suspect X” comes the latest novel featuring “Detective Galileo”. I had received that book from Blogadda last year and you can find the review here
We are all too familiar with Higashino’s plot by now. The killer is revealed in the first two chapters itself and the reader knows for a fact that the killer is and still Higashino can keep us hooked for 350 pages.
Yoshitaka Mashiba wants to get married and the only reason to that is he wants to have kids. He signs a one year marriage deal with Ayane, at the end of which if she doesn’t get pregnant, they divorce.
Ayane takes off to Sapparo to meet her parents, hundreds of miles away from where Yoshitaka is found dead next morning.
The author reveals the killer to us but how exactly does she manage to kill her husband by poisoning his coffee?? That’s what the entire story is. It keeps you hooked. The detectives end up hitting many dead ends but pick up clues from each to finally nail the killer with evidence. This time around, Kusanagi is all set to unravel the mystery himself without seeking the help of his friend-professor-scientist Yukawa Gallileo. But Gallileo comes in with his own magic meets science touch. The author has also introduced a new feisty detective, Ustumi, who is sharp and a lateral thinker.
The imagination of the author is brilliant.
The climax seemed too forced with the author desperately trying to tie the loose strings. When you eventually find out how the killer killed her husband, you are left feeling dumb that one could sell you this with phrases like ‘Yes, this is a perfect crime’. The book does feel dragging in parts and the reader might just want to skip some chapters and proceed.
Depsite all this ‘Salvation of a Saint’ is anything unlike what I have read before and it is nice to see the author establish his own style and be consistent with it. I am looking forward to more of his translated works.
Readers who prefer narratives focusing on plot rather than character will enjoy this book.