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text 2017-10-09 16:01
Future Japanese mystery reads
The Moai Island Puzzle - Ho-Ling Wong,Alice Arisugawa
The Devil's Disciple - Shiro Hamao,J. Keith Vincent,Hamao Shiro
The Ginza Ghost: and other stories - Ho-Ling Wong,Keikichi Ōsaka
The Tattoo Murder Case (Soho crime) - Akimitsu Takagi
All She Was Worth - Miyuki Miyabe
The Devotion of Suspect X: A Detective Galileo Novel - Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith

The Tokyo Zodiac Murders makes me want more Japanese mysteries. Sadly, that appears to be the only book by Shimada translated into English, and I've already read everything available in English by Yukito Ayatsuji, the first similar author that comes to mind.


It looks like The Moai Island Puzzle and The Ginza Ghost are my best bets for mysteries similar in style to Shimada's book. The others in my list also seem like good possibilities, although not necessarily similar to The Tokyo Zodiac Murders in style.

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review 2017-04-20 00:00
Malice - Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith An intelligent and page turning mystery that doesn't need to rely on gimmicks to get the readers attention. Just a good old fashioned suspenseful mystery that is perfectly paced and with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested.

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, 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.

I really enjoyed Malice by Japanese writer Keigo Higashino, I had read a few Japanese mysteries and really enjoyed all of them and when I read a few reviews by some of Good Read friends on here I knew that one would suit me as well.
No gimmicks, blood or gore just a mystery with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested, good character and plot development and an all round very enjoyable read.

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review 2016-10-03 18:39
Salvation of a Saint - Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith

I bet this book was written after the dorama, since Fukuyama Masaharu is mentioned. I like the addition of Utsumi, since I loved her in the show. Excellent mystery as always, a bit creepy how it was planned. Somehow I can understand the murderer... the victim was an ass. Still, this one is my least KH mystery, and that is saying something since this one is really good.

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review 2016-07-28 23:43
Under the Midnight Sun
Under the Midnight Sun - Keigo Higashino

This is no ordinary novel. It is an intricate, well-written, and perfectly paced exposé of the darker side of human nature. There are those within its pages who must learn that even a midnight sun can burn its worshippers.


Higashino presents a multi-layered novel comprised of deeply flawed, complex human beings whose extreme natures and exceptional self-control drive them to exert dominance over people and situations. The annals of history overflow with myriad people--some famous, some infamous, some outright sociopaths--whose singular determination either compelled or allowed them to accomplish the almost impossible, good or ill. It is from them, perhaps, that Higashino drew inspiration for the main characters in Under the Midnight Sun


Though lengthy, there are no superfluous storylines. Each narrative is an integral thread in the web. Detective Sasagaki has his work cut out for him, but he also has enough doggedness (and packs of Hi-Lite cigarettes) to keep him digging for the truth.


Not since reading The Devotion of Suspect X have I enjoyed a Higashino novel this much, and I found myself staying up late into the night reading, and thinking about the book over the course of the next day. This is an excellent novel written by a true master of the craft of suspense.



(Netgalley ARC, but views my own)

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review 2016-07-13 22:18
Malice by Keigo Higashino
Malice - Keigo Higashino,Alexander O. Smith

Sometimes when I'm reading, it takes me a while to get into the flow of the narrative, but Malice grabbed me from the start. The writing is smooth, and Higashino strikes the right balance between dialogue and description. He knows when to show and when to tell, the reading equivalent of drinking the perfect cup of coffee--just the right blend, not too acidic, not too sweet. For example, consider this line: "Though Kaga spoke softly, I could feel his words slowly advancing toward me, each step powerful, inevitable." So smooth, and yet so weighty.


An interesting factor is the alternating narrators. For the first part of the book, a chapter is narrated by Nonoguchi, an author, former school teacher, and murder suspect; then the following chapter is narrated by Kaga, detective in charge of the case and Nonoguchi's former coworker. This technique, skillfully executed, gives the book a sense of "real time" happenings and provides the reader with intimate access to the push-and-pull between Kaga and Nonoguchi. Higashino deftly handles the shift in POV and gives Nonoguchi and Kaga each a unique tone and voice. Not every author can handle this style of writing, but Higashino pulls it off without a hitch.


The crux of the conflict is less about identifying who killed Hidaka, and much more about determining why. What drives someone to murder another person, especially a benefactor, after so many years of friendship? How might a child's past prejudice manifest itself in his adult present? Higashino takes the reader on a journey into the depths of the human heart and the intricacies and complexities between emotions and morality.


I couldn't be a detective. There's no way I could filter out fact from fiction and relevant info from filler. Malice made me think, and even though I was wrong is much of what I surmised, I still enjoyed the process.



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