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Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, in a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems. Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka's best friend. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same high school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Osamu Nonoguchi left to become a full-time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka. But Kaga thinks something is a little bit off with Nonoguchi's statement and investigates further, ultimately executing a search warrant on Nonoguchi's apartment. There he finds evidence that shows that the two writers' relationship was very different than the two claimed. Nonoguchi confesses to the murder, but that's only the beginning of the story. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the writer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded.Which one of the two writers was ultimately guilty of malice?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2015.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9781410475848
Branch Call Number: FIC Higas
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Alexander, Elye J.
Smith, Alexander O.


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Mar 31, 2017

I found the story rather lack-luster and somewhat boring until about two-thirds through and then became a bit entrigued to finish the book as Dectective Kaga gave his analogy of the crime. Skipping from one character to another in first person was a different spin. This is the second book I have read by the author and "A Midsummer Equation" was more interesting.

Jan 24, 2017

Very twisty and compulsively readable.

AL_BRIDGET Aug 24, 2016

The interesting back and forth format made the mystery itself more engaging, and I stayed up late to finish. I'll definitely be seeking out other stories by this author!

Apr 17, 2015

While bits of the plot strain credibility at times, this is still a really absorbing mystery. Early on you learn who and how, but the "why" is not revealed until the very last pages. Another book to keep you up reading until the wee hours of the morning!

Nov 02, 2014

The writing style is a bit more about telling than showing. The narrative alternates between a journal/account kept by Nonoguchi, who confesses to the murder, and Detective Kaga, but the voices feel similar. The ultimate motive for the murder seems a bit thin. But nevertheless, an entertaining read.

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