From the author of the internationally best-selling, award-winning The Devotion of Suspect X comes the latest novel featuring "Detective Galileo".
In 2011, The Devotion of Suspect X was a hit with critics and listeners alike. The first major English language publication from the most popular best-selling writer in Japan, it was acclaimed as "stunning", "brilliant", and "ingenious". Now physics professor Manabu Yukawa - Detective Galileo - returns in a new case of impossible murder, where instincts clash with facts and theory with reality.
Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect - except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi's instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter. So she does what her boss has done for years when stymied - she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa.
But even the brilliant mind of Dr. Yukawa has trouble with this one, and he must somehow find a way to solve an impossible murder and capture a very real, very deadly murderer.
Salvation for a Saint is Keigo Higashino at his mind-bending best, pitting emotion against fact in a beautifully plotted crime novel filled with twists and reverses that will astonish and surprise even the most attentive and jaded of listeners.
©2008 Keigo Higashino; Translation © 2012, Alexander O. Smith (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
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"Appealing but not Compelling"
Nice narration by David Pittu, however the characters in "Salvation of a Saint," tended to be without much depth, even one dimensional. The book was still interesting enough to listen to. I never felt the need to stop in disgust, but was able to listen all the way through. Just not a first class work of fiction and not much mystery there either.
"Love Higashino's work"
I haven't read the book, so I can't say. I can say that the narrator brought the story to life.
Hmmm. Edge of my seat? Engaged would be a better word, and I was thoroughly engaged throughout.
Nope. Though I did spend hours at a time listening quite happily. It's a longish listen, so the idea of one sitting (or, more accurately, one puttering) is daunting. I do think I finished it in less than three days.
"Here is more proof Higashino weaves fabulous tales"
This is a simpler story than the excellent Devotion of Suspect X, but the same caliber that is way beyond a traditional police procedural. Higashino has the same dedication to creating a story as his characters have in fulfilling their important roles in his eloquent stories. Salvation of a Saint is a quality story and I'm sure you will also enjoy listening to this Japanese import.
"Excellent New Translation of Japanese Mystery"
I have no idea; I didn't buy the print version. I just bought the audiobook edition. But the performance is absolutely wonderful and really brings the various characters to life. So if you have a job that gives you plenty of room for audiobooks, like I do, this is a great option.
Not in the same way as, say, an action movie, but yes it did. It was an engaging battle of wits where you know who the killer is but not how it was done.
It was an all-round excellent job, with the characters really coming to life.
Yes, there were several such moments, but there we wander into spoiler territory.
"A Superb "How-Dun-It!""
This is the second book in this series I read and I enjoyed this one even more than The Devotion of Suspenct X. I found that since I now knew the recurring characters, it was more interesting. Also, the plot was fascinating. As with the other books in the series, you know immediately who the killer is. The fun is unraveling the intricacies of the plot - the how and the whys and the logic applied to solve the riddle. The narration is very good and I thought he did an excellent job with all of the characters. I am so happy that I listened to another Audbile member's recommendation and started with this series - otherwise, this is one I may have easily overlooked. I'm ready for the next installment!!!!!
Something by David Matthew
easy, clear, adequate
I was disappointed that the characters' motivations were so unbelievable
"Terrific Puzzle + Fantastic Narration"
David Pittu's well-differentiated voices for the characters made me feel like I was listening to multiple people. Almost startling half-way through to realize it's just one guy.
This is a puzzle plot reminiscent of the golden age fair-play mysteries of the 30's and 40's. Those who like speculating and poring over clues will find a great feast here. The why of it all ends up being a tad over-complicated (alas, this is common), but the how is very cleverly solved, and it is this point upon which the author hangs the bulk of the suspense.
See above. The real tragedy is going to see what else he's narrated and finding nothing that interests me :(
Nope...but you'll want to.
A great mystery with a refreshing shade of writing style, wit, complexity. Reminiscent of some of the old school mystery genre elements.
Perhaps ¾ of the way there for those of us who miss Stieg Larrson
"Voice for professor doesn't sound fit well"
I assume the narrator imagined "professor" is old man because of his occupation, but actually his character is supposed to be "young" and "good looking" man. The narrator's voice for professor sounds like an old man and it didn't sound right to me. Besides that, I liked the book. The trick was little bit more than possible in real life, but it actually was a part of the story.
No, but I hope he understands what the each character's is like. He made Professor Yukawa's voice sound like an old man, but he supposed to be a young and good looking guy.
"Good, but Not Compelling"
I enjoyed listening to "Salvation of a Saint" as I was a fan of the first book with Detective Kusinagi. The author reveals the suspect and keeps the "how" for last....a bit drawn out but still a good listen. I would definitely listen to another book from this author.
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