The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

A best-selling, Japanese mystery author, Mr. Higashino has written 13 novels. The Devotion of Suspect X is his third book to be translated into English.  Alexander O. Smith was the translator.

The Story

The Devotion of Suspect X is about a Yasuko, a divorced mother trying to escape from an abusive ex-husband, Togashi.  During a visit by Togashi who tries to extort money, a fight breaks out and he is killed.  A neighbor helps Yasuko to cover-up the crime.  When the body is found, Detective Kusanagi is assigned to the case.  Kusanagi brings in a friend, Dr. Yukawa, a physicist, to help him unravel the crime.

The Author

Born in 1958, Mr. Higashino started writing novels while working as an engineer at Nippon Denso.  At age 27, he won the Edogawa Rampa Prize for his 1985 mystery, Hokago (After School).  In 1999, his novel Himitsu (The Secret) won the Mystery Writers of Japan Award.  Himitsu was translated and renamed Naoko.  He won the Naoki Prize in 2006.  In addition to mysteries, he also writes children’s’ books.

Collecting the Book

This book has a rating of 55.  The first printing is 75,000 copies.  Signed copies may be difficult to obtain as he lives in Japan.  I could not find any information about a US book tour.  I plan to look for a signed copy.  Perhaps he’ll sign some for the publisher to ship to stores.

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