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TITLE - THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X
AUTHOR – KEIGO HIGASHINO
YEAR OF RELEASE – 2005
COUNTRY – JAPAN
GENRE – THRILLER, CRIME, MYSTERY, DETECTIVE
The story begins with a man named, Tetsuya Ishigami, popularly known as ‘Ishigami the Buddha’, who has devoted his whole life to mathematics. A hardworking genius and a graduate from the Imperial University, Ishigami sets out to live his life as a high school teacher rather than becoming a researcher due to family circumstances. A lonesome and simple man, his daily ritual being commuting from his apartment to school and back. Soon, he begins to feel that his life has lost its meaning. If his only talent is for mathematics, he has reasoned, and yet he cannot make any progress along that path, what is the value for his existence? As life takes its turn, all thoughts of suicide fades the day when Ishigami encounters his new apartment neighbours Ms. Yasuko Hanaoka, a divorced beautiful lady and her pretty little daughter Misato Hanaoka. Joy comes back to his daily rituals. But soon, what follows is a series of tragic events. An ill fate. Mr. Shinji Togashi, terrible ex-husband of Ms. Yasuko is murdered in the apartment by his ex-wife and daughter. The deed is already done in the beginning. And naturally, Ishigami goes for their aid. He makes a masterplan to tackle the situation by making an algebra problem look like a geometry problem. Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police takes over the investigation and with the help of Mr. Manabu Yukawa, an old friend of Ishigami, they unravel the most puzzling, inconceivable saddest truth that no one ever dare to imagine.
Being a fan of thriller, I personally love this novel. The author has smartly and skilfully designed the plot. The story succeeds in maintaining the curiosity of the reader from the beginning till the end. All the characters are beautifully portrayed so as to leave a lasting impression in the mind of the readers. My favourite catchphrase from the story “Which is harder: devising an unsolvable problem, or solving that problem?” My personal rating – 9/10
To all the thriller, crime and mystery loving readers out there, this novel is a must read to quench your thirst and to get your detective mind back to work.
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