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Salvation of a Saint (Detective Galileo #5)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,550 ratings  ·  304 reviews
In 2011, The Devotion of Suspect X was a hit with critics and readers alike. The first major English language publication from the most popular bestselling 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 theor...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published October 23rd 2008)
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Crystal Bryant
I was completely captured by Higashino's previous book, The Devotion of Suspect X, and pre-ordered Salvation of a Saint as soon as I heard about it.

It exceeded my expectations. How do you keep your readers interested in a murder mystery when the murderer is revealed at the very beginning of the book?
1) By making the execution of the murder so devious that it will need the input of "Detective Galileo", a modern day, Japanese Sherlock, to reveal it.
2) By writing the murderer and the investigators...more
Samadrita
**A big thank you to Blogadda for kindly forwarding a review copy to me**

The task of reviewing a novel of the mystery-detective genre usually presents itself as a challenge to me. Not because it is hard to put into words what the story holds without giving away spoilers. But because a detective novel usually doesn't give a reviewer much to go on, aside from a mystery and its solution.
But despite being a book of the same genre, Salvation of a Saint, provides ample food for thought on the complexi...more
Amit Shetty
There's nothing more scary than the truth that hides in plain sight.

First of all, what makes this this murder mystery an interesting read,
1. By the end of the 1st chapter, you will know who committed the murder.
2. By the end of the 2nd chapter, you will know what happened to the victim (as we always do).

BUT

3. It will take close to 300+ pages to find out exactly how the victim was murdered.

When one picks up a murder mystery, one might expect an extremely elaborate plan to murder, motives that ca...more
Soham Chakraborty
Here comes the second thriller of Keigo Higashino, who I have fallen in awe with, after the jaw-dropping end of Devotion of Suspect X. I will start off this review telling that, if you haven't read the first one till now, please do yourself a favour and read that. I would put that novel beside The Millennium Trilogy. Higashino hasn't got the nick 'Japanese Stieg Larsson' for free.

First a question. How would you keep your readers glued to a crime story where in the first chapter you have declared...more
Maria
Keigo Higashino, who teased readers worldwide with his novel THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X about a year ago is back again with a new novel to tease again, intrigue again and keep readers turning the pages until the very end. The author known as 'the Japanese Stieg Larsson' has a reputation to maintain and he's certainly doing a good job of maintaining it.

True, it was an English playwright, Congreve, who said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But this is a universal phenomenon. When the pe...more
Jaideep
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Book Review: Salvation Of A Saint by Keigo Higashino: Pansies Murder Mystery Purpose Guts And Innocence

The Times has compared Keigo Higashino's writing style with Stieg Larsson, the Swedish journalist and writer famous for his Millennium Series of Crime Novels, thereby declaring Keigo Higashino as 'The Japanese Stieg Larsson'. Financial Times has stated the work of Keigo Higashino to be excellent enough to impress Agatha Christie. Almost all international...more
Priya
If a good crime novel really is one that keeps you guessing, this isn't it. But I think people put too much weight on suspense. For me, a good book is so much more than "What happened? What happened? What happened? Oh! THAT happened! Wow."

The book deals with many social issues; you almost relate to the killer, which is saying something. There is no definite bad guy, just a string of unfortunate situations and behaviour that spiraled off to a murder. It makes you wonder how sordid the world has b...more
Vaisakhi
A lot can happen over a cup of coffee it is said, after reading “Salvation of a Saint” I would love to add murder to the list. Set in modern Tokyo, “Salvation of Saint” is Keigo Higashino’s 1st book I came across. Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi is the lead protagonist of this crime fiction and has the task of figuring out the killer of Yoshitaka Mashiba along with his team members Utsumi, Mamiya, Kishitani and detective Galileo Prof. Yukawa.
The story starts with the couple Yoshitaka and Ayane...more
Dhiraj Sharma
Those who liked Keigo Higashino first novel “The Devotion of Suspect X” are definitely going to like “Salvation of a Saint” The premise is same as the earlier book with the murderer getting revealed at the very beginning of the book and the trick lies in keeping the reader engrossed till the end by playing the cat and mouse game between the police detectives and the suspect.

With each new lead, the reader gets to re-examine the clues along with the detectives. There are several red herrings throw...more
Pat
Jan 14, 2013 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Devotion of Suspect X was a fabulous read. Salvation of a Saint is a good book and has an amazing explanation for how the murder happened. For me, the difference between the 2 books is the buildup/telling of the story. Devotion took me down the garden path so I was not at all clear on how things would turn out. With Salvation, I didn't have things figured out but the process of discovery seemed a bit more boring or drawn out. Again, the reveal at the end is amazing but the journey there seemed a...more
Saiful
Sesiapa yang pernah membaca karya Keigo Higashino sebelum ini, 'The Devotion of Suspect X' pasti tidak akan teragak-agak untuk membaca naskhah yang ini. Satu pembunuhan sempurna yang diselesaikan dengan cara yang kemas dan tersusun oleh watak-watak yang mempunyai karekter yang unik dalam novel ini. Agak sedih bila sampai ke helaian terakhir mukasurat, markah penuh untuk Keigo, 'The Japanese Steig Larsson'.
Barbara
Wealthy businessman Yoshitaka Mashiba tells his wife Ayane that he's divorcing her because she hasn't become pregnant. He reminds Ayane this was the deal when they married - a baby on the way within a year or he looks for someone new. Meanwhile Yoshitaka has been having an affair with Hiromi, Ayane's apprentice in the art of quilt making. Heartbroken, Ayane goes off for the weekend to visit her parents. While she's away Yoshitaka is murdered with arsenic-laced coffee. The police suspect Ayane, b...more
Fuka-chan
fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuukkk.

That is exactly what I felt after reading this. Bukan la bermaksud buku ni tak best, it's just that the conclusion of it is so much... unexpected.

Apa yang aku suka tentang Keigo Higashino ialah cara dia bermain dengan satu suasana. One simple crime scene tapi sebenarnya super complex. This actually reminds me of one particular music video, R.E.M, Imitation of Life. Notice how the actual music video is being shoot for only 20 seconds, but there are so much going on? *eh...more
Rebecca Martin
I didn't like this novel as much as I thought I would based on how much I enjoyed The Devotion of Suspect X.

This was a locked-room mystery about the investigation of a seemingly impossible crime. The officers, Detectives Kusanagi and Utumi, his female sidekick, are stumped and go up one blind alley after another. The case itself inspired me to say, "oh, get on with it." I felt the author's manipulations the whole time and there was very little action except traveling from place to place on trai...more
Tony
SALVATION OF A SAINT. (2008; U.S. 2012). Keigo Higashino. **.
The temptation to toss this book back into my library bag after about fifty pages was almost insurmountable, but I managed to carry on to the end. The author – new to me – is apparently the most widely read author in Japan and has sold millions of copies of his books and has had over twenty of them adapted into films and TV series. The bio on the end flap makes him sound like our James Patterson. As I think about it, the similarity do...more
Gloria Feit
What’s more effective in solving a crime: a detective’s intuition and police skills, or the scientific method? This theme seems to be a recurring one in the author’s approach to crime fiction. In “The Devotion of Suspect X,” Mr. Higashino’s last book, a mathematician was pitted against physics professor Yukawa, also dubbed “Detective Galileo,” while an actual detective, Kusanagi, plied his trade using his intuition and other skills. In the present mystery, they repeat this dance in trying to sol...more
Kevin.kwfoong
After the brilliant read of 'Devotion of Suspect X' and 'Naoko', I've been looking forward to this new book by Keigo. I finished this book in less than 3 days, and I'd give it to Keigo for his ability to write a page-turner. Every last sentence of a chapter fills you with the urge to turn the page for 'just another chapter'.

The plot follows a similar pattern to 'Devotion of Suspect X' - a story about a seemingly perfect murder by a seemingly innocent woman. And much like 'Devotion of Suspect X'...more
Steve
An engaging whodunnit, or rather a police procedure howdunnit. A man who is about to divorce his wife is killed by poison, and the wife is the logical suspect, but she's hundreds of miles away at the time. Did she do it, and if so how? Two detectives enlist the help of a local college physicist, a boyhood friend of one of the detectives. The solution to the problem is really ingenious, and the relationships between the characters keeps you reading too.

There are some, I think, cultural, things in...more
Ava
I do not have a huge budget for buying books. A book that costs Rs.350/- or more makes me groan. I am not one of those IT professionals who take home upward of 50k every month. Much much less in fact.

I could join a library, you might suggest. There are seldom good choices available in a library. It is like shopping for exotic vegetables on the cart of the vendor who roams in your mohalla. Just like the cart is often loaded with the ubiquitous aloo, the library is also loaded with books that wer...more
Pallavi
Apr 28, 2013 Pallavi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Pallavi by: BlogAdda
Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino has been translated by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander. The book is 377 pages long and is in the genre of crime fiction.

The book’s blurb reads: “When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home, his beautiful wife Ayane immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away?

As Tokyo police detective Kusanagi tries to unpick...more
Rinaya
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Steve
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book with the expectation that I would provide an honest review.

This book is about 300 pages long, but was a quick read.

Mystery:
I'm not a mystery maven, but I think this is a "puzzle" mystery; the crime is fairly bloodless, the solution is a battle of wits, it's pretty clear who dunnit and why, you just can't figure out how.

Warning: this isn't the kind of mystery where the solution is there in the clues for the reader to figure out; I was amaze...more
Doreen
This mystery is actually a howdunit (with some whydunit elements) rather than a whodunit. Yoshitaka Mashiba asks Ayane, his wife, for a divorce because she has not become pregnant during their first year of marriage. Two days later, while Ayane is visiting her parents, he is found dead by his lover, Hiromi Wakayama. The cause of death is arsenous acid in his coffee. The case is investigated primarily by Kusanagi, the lead detective, and Kaoru Utsumi, the new female recruit, but when the investig...more
Vikas PratapSingh
May 05, 2013 Vikas PratapSingh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Murder mystery detective thriller lovers
Background:

As the back cover proclaims -

When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away?

As Tokyo police detective Kusanagi tries to unpick a seemingly unrelated sequence of events he finds himself falling for Ayane. When his judgement becomes dangerously clouded his assistant must call on an
...more
Clint
Nov 05, 2013 Clint rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I flew through this book in a day, very easy read. It's not exactly a who did it mystery, but a how was it done mystery. Right at the end of the first chapter you're kind of told who did the murder and why, then the rest of the book is spent showing how, if the first chapter wasn't misleading (it wasn't). It's almost totally dialogue, very little action, in the tradition of Agatha Christie, and could probably be easily adapted for screen. That's kind of what it felt like, watching tv, very easy...more
Nilay Mehta
Higashino is a blessing to all fans of intelligent mystery fiction. As an ardent Agatha Christie fan, mysteries that baffle the mind exude a very strong magnetic pull, and Higashino's fiction is very much in the same vein, if not of the same calibre as Dame Agatha.

This book lives up to standard set by the more popular 'Devotion of Suspect X'. Inspector Kusanagi and Detective Galileo return in this mind bender.

I felt this one dragged on in bits and the promised twist in the end wasn't very diffi...more
Diane S.
This is only the second detective story I have read set in Japan. It is amazing, the many difference in the tone and writing of the various stories set in different countries. The British mysteries are very detailed, slower moving and atmospheric. The Nordic mysteries are very stark, the writing blunt and somewhat colder somehow. The Japanese seem to like puzzle mysteries, very matter fact writing, with very little emotion shown. I find it quite fascinating just as I found this novel. It is more...more
Nancy
I love this author! He's the most popular author in Japan, but not that well known here. Only a handfull of his books have been translated to English. His books are a cerebral whodunit. Well, it's not so much whodunit, because you pretty much know that from the start, but how in the heck did they do it! How did they get away with "the perfect crime"?

I probably liked his earlier one, The Devotion of Suspect X, just a hair more than this one, so probably read that one first, but I'm hooked on this...more
Srikanth
This is the second book by this Author that i have been able to get my hands on. He is a Japanese crime fiction writer, and ladies and gentlemen he does a damn fine job of it.


This author has a very strange template to his stories. Each novel starts of with the murderer being advertised at the first or at the max 4th page in the novel, along with the crime being committed in the first few pages itself.


The best part of the book is, the author helps maintain the interest throughout the book in-spi...more
Madonna
Salvation of a Saint was a fun to read book. I always enjoy a good detective story...smart crook...mostly murder. This met all those criteria so was a fun and fast paced read. I really enjoyed the how it was done part and feel sure that any of you will be intrigued by how the ending comes about. Shows me that there is always something new and unexpected to figure out and keeps the old brain cells working.

Thanks to GoodReads for this free reading opportunity.
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Keigo Higashino is one of the most popular and biggest selling fiction authors in Japan—as well known as James Patterson, Dean Koontz or Tom Clancy are in the USA.

Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co.(presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, which is awarded annually to the finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After S...more
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