The Devotion of Suspect X
Yasuko lives a quiet life, working in a Tokyo bento shop, a good mother to her only child. But when her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, her comfortable world is shattered. When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that day, he finds... read more himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense, and it will take a genius to understand the genius behind this particular crime...One of the biggest-selling Japanese thrillers ever, and the inspiration for a cult film, The Devotion of Suspect X is now being discovered across the world. Its blend of a page-turning story, evocative Tokyo setting and utterly surprising ending make it a must-read for anyone interested in international fiction.
If you’re looking for something a little different, specifically a thriller NOT set in Scandinavia, then this Japanese best seller is worth a try. When Yasuko’s violent ex turns up at her apartment, she and her daughter end up killing him in a fight for their lives. Desperate, they accept the help of Yasuko’s next door neighbour, Mr Isihgami, a quiet, brilliant maths teacher who is in love with Yasuko. He makes the body disappear and it appears everyone has got away with murder. But as the police investigate and the story unfolds, nothing is as it seems and this is one of the few murder mysteries where the ending comes out of left field. The translation can be a little clunky but if you love your police procedurals, you’ll love The Devotion of Suspect X.
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