Acclaimed best-selling 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. At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka's best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same public school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Nonoguchi eventually left to become a full-time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka. As Kaga investigates, he eventually uncovers evidence that indicates that the two writers' relationship was very different that they claimed, that they were anything but best friends. But the question before Kaga isn't necessarily who, or how, but why. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. And if Kaga isn't able to uncover and prove why the murder was committed, then the truth may never come out. Malice is one of the best-selling - the most acclaimed - novel in Keigo Higashino's series featuring police detective Kyochiro Kaga, one of the most popular creations of the best-selling novelist in Asia.
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really liked it. i am a fun of detective stories and found this a good "old school" story which kept me engaged and thinking. even guessing a good part of the truth before the end did not make it less interestinv for me.
It's really the same story told three times, once by the suspect, once again by the detective, and then finally in its true form, with no misdirection or misinterpretation. As an author, this is akin to a great magician who can perform a trick, then perform it again from the opposite vantage, then actually show you how it was done, and every single time you are amazed and astounded in different ways. Higashino is such a master of the form, he can actually play with it, turning it on its head, almost reinventing it, and the result is still compelling.
It isn't Jeff's fault at all, since the way the story was written, the author intended it to seem as if specific characters were recounting large swathes of the plot in their own words. To translate this to a spoken performance the Mr Woodman adopted the voice of the specific character, and then read out many long passages of the story, including all dialog etc sticking always to that voice. The single voice for all that section reminds the listener that the events are being conveyed and interpreted by that character. This is a critical point in what makes the overall story work. Unfortunately a giant chunk of the book is in the voice of Detective Kaga, who is very monotone. As a character this makes him an interesting detective, but as a narrator it is quickly tiring to listen to. Still, as I said, I think the plot actually requires this, as it is so important to the what makes the story work.
twisted logical thinking
I've read devotion to suspect x & salvation of a saint before this. In my opinion this is the best of the 3, I've enjoyed all of them but this one seems sharper to me & a bit different.
Not alot but the narration was fine, I would prefer David Pittu who narrated the previous books .
If you liked Devotion of suspect x don't hesitate to get this
I have listened to two other of Keigo Higashino's books. They were absolutely brilliant. Clever and surprising. This one not as good, so that was a disappointment. I enjoyed reading about the process of writing, a story about writers. The mystery was secondary and I wasnt 'bursting' to find out what really happened.
The story got a bit tedious in parts. Not enough dialogue or character development.
I enjoyed the beginning of the book most of all.
It was worth the listening time.
Devotion of Suspect X by the same author is a million times better than Malice
"Worth reading; the previous two books were better"
I like Higashino. In my opinion he is the classiest of all thriller writers. His detectives solve mysteries based on logic and deduction: coincidence and chance play absolutely no role in the process. His plots are to mystery writing what chess is to sport.
Higashino also tells you the name of the murderer right in the beginning in his novels. The fun comes when the detectives try to solve the murder. There are layers upon layers of deception. No James Bond stuff like car chases and people jumping off roofs. Some might consider his books a little boring.
This particular book is, in that sense, just like his previous two. A man is killed, the killer is found quickly, and the detective now has to discover the motive.
Higashino makes the entire process interesting. The characters are very well developed. The pace is adequate: not at all fast, but no too slow either.
Higashino's earlier two books were better. But this is worth reading too.
Finally! I find a great crime mystery that actually focuses on the crime. There are no sexual innuendoes, no erotica, and no suffering through romance.
This story is about murder and betrayal. Absolutely fantastic. * Finger crossed * I can find more great reads like this one!!!
This is my third book by this Japanese author, and I have enjoyed every single one of them. I wish that more of his books would be translated to English. Although this is part of a series, it works as a stand alone; this is the first one in this series I read and I didn't feel I missed anything by not reading the prior books.
The thing that I like about this author's books is that unlike the traditional mystery/thriller stories, his books are not a "who-dun-it." You generally know WHO the killer is at the beginning of the book. What you don't know, and what is unraveled through logic as the story progresses, is the motive and/or the method. When I first started reading these books, I didn't think there could be much there since the killer was identified early; I was certainly wrong! There are still plenty of twists and turns, along with intrigue and mystery.
"Intriguing, But . . ."
This was my first book by Keigo Higashino featuring the Japanese detective, Kyoichiro Kaga. I am not sure why I chose this book because I don't enjoy books where the discovery of the "murderer" is known too early in the story. My fave listens are police procedurals that are true whodunnits.
Despite that set-up, Higashino still gave me a whodunnit by making the motive for the murder the true mystery. Why would someone kill a famous author as he is packing to leave the country to live in Canada? It was so smart of the author to leave hidden clues in written accounts the murderer provides instead of going through the standard interrogation. Kaga is my kind of detective - diligent and creative.
Many of the reviewers say Higashino's earlier books are much better. If that is the case, I will give another one a try. I wish there had been more narrative about life in Japan. This story could have been set anywhere. I don't feel I learned much about Kaga and his life. The narrator was OK -- slow and steady.
"Good story; annoying performance"
I got this audiobook the day it came out because I really enjoyed all of Higashino's other Audible titles.Jeff Woodman's reading instantly turned me off the book, though: he sounded fake and smug and heavily emphasized every other word...it sounded like a very badly dubbed anime. The book has two narrators, Detective Kaga and Osamu Nonoguchi, and while Kaga's is tolerable--not good, just tolerable--the Nonoguchi passages are unbearable, and since he talks for the first hour or so, the book makes a bad first impression.
Luckily, my mom didn't know I bought the audiobook, and she sent me the hardback for my birthday :D I tore through the rest of the book this afternoon...couldn't put it down! I don't think it's quite as good as Naoko or the Detective Galileo books, as the detective himself isn't as developed a character--and now that I think about it, none of the characters are as developed as in Higashino's other novels, at least the ones that have been translated into English.
Overall, this is an excellent book that makes me anxious for more of Higashino' books to be translated, especially the Detective Galileo series. (Get a move on Macmillan!) The audiobook just really, really deserved a better performance
"Innovative approach to the murder mystery"
First book I've read by this author and I am definitely give him another try. Great innovative approach to a murder mystery! You learn right away whodunnit, but why is a long story full of interesting twists and turns.
On the negative side, none of the characters were particularly likeable including Detective Kaga. I guess the murder victim was likeable, but he died in chapter 1, and we didn't find out what he was really like until the last couple of chapters.
Japanese names are not very hard to pronounce, yet Mr. Woodman had trouble with them, and it was distracting. Overall I didn't really respond to his tone. Maybe it was his reading that made every character to seem to be somewhere on the scale running "meh" to "buffoonish" to "downright evil".
"Horrible & boring!"
Predictable, insanely boring. Struggled to finish. Not a good mystery novel. Shocked others enjoyed it. Japanese names difficult to remember.
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