The Devotion of Suspect X (Detective Galileo #3) by Keigo Higashino will have you from the first page and you will never drop your attention till the very end. While the twist at the end will knock your socks off, the sad ending of the book will leave you agitated. This book is an astonishingly masterful piece of work and I absolutely loved it. I picked this book after I saw a wonderful post about Keigo Higashino on Books and Stripes, and I have to admit that the praises surrounding Keigo Higashino’s works are true to the core.
The Devotion of Suspect X is a ‘howdunit’ in the classic sense of the word. The focus here is not who committed the crime but how the crime was committed. There is a murder and you get to know the murderer in the beginning itself. That would be the end of the book for a number of readers. Isn’t it? However, what follows in this book is an enthralling game of ‘cat-and-mouse’ between the culprit and the investigating team. There is a continuous action that involves constant pursuits and repeated escapes. The plot keeps leaving questions and drawing the readers into the tale. In other words, the book teases you throughout its length and finally reaches a logical and satisfactory end. The book is full of clever details and a lot of surprises.
Plot, beyond any question, is the lifeline of this book. So, let us turn our attention to this plot. Yasuko (a single woman) and her daughter are living peacefully in a calm neighbourhood of Tokyo. However, this tranquil situation changes when Yasuko’s ex-husband appears at her door to extract money from her. Things go from bad to worse when Yasuko ended up killing him. Ishigami, her neighbor and a brilliant mathematician, comes to her rescue and they plan to cover up the murder. And, hence begins a game of cat-and-mouse between Ishigami and Manabu Yukawa, popularly known as ‘Detective Galileo’. I am not going to reveal anything further as I do not want to spoil this brilliantly written book for you. If you think that I have already spoiled the book for you. Be rest assured, nothing is spoiled. What I have provided here is just the beginning of the book and there are a lot of surprises and revelations waiting for you.
Keigo Higashino certainly knows how to write about different faces of evil. The characters of this book are as powerful as the plot. In fact, this is not a technical murder mystery. On the other hand, it is a character driven mystery. You will fall for both Ishigami and Manabu Yukawa. The intellectual duel between them is one of the highlights of this book. The language could have been better. However, the let down in the language was probably due to translation.
Highly recommended! You have to read this book. You will definitely thank me for this recommendation. This book made me a big fan of Keigo Higashino and the same may happen to you. This was my first exposure to his works and I am positively going out for more of his works.