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Salvation of a Saint: A Detective Galileo Novel (Detective Galileo #5)

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From the author of the internationally bestselling, 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 readers alike. The first major English language publication from the most popular bestselling writer in Japan, it was acclaimed as "stunning," "brilliant," and "ingeniou
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Minotaur Books (first published October 2008)
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Ruri well in Spanish the title is "Salvación de una santa" the meaning of santa as Ayane on the other hand Ayane wasnt a religious person but I dont…morewell in Spanish the title is "Salvación de una santa" the meaning of santa as Ayane on the other hand Ayane wasn´t a religious person but I don´t consider her as good as a saint, the characters and the plot seemed too forced to me, firstly for the fact that Ayane had never considered the idea of revenging her friend's death neither felt guilty enough for stealing her friend's boyfriend. The reasons of killing Yoshitaka sound too banal, she never felt "women's pride" and later became friends with her husband's lover, and what's worse, to me is unlogical to be polite with a friend who had betrayed me!
I felt a bit disappointed, probably I was waiting for something more tricky, hope other titles change the idea that this book has planted in my head xD(less)
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Swarla Selvan You must understand that we are reading a translated version. Though the party seemingly happens right after the scene, it's more like a prologue. If…moreYou must understand that we are reading a translated version. Though the party seemingly happens right after the scene, it's more like a prologue. If you read the last chapter which gives you a better idea of what actually happened, it still mixes 3 timelines - what happened before the marriage, after the marriage and right before the murder. The scene you mentioned happened right after their wedding when he admits what he did and makes the rule and not before the party a year later. (less)

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Crystal Bryant
Nov 27, 2012 Crystal Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, own
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
"'This is perfect, actually,’ Utsumi said as he handed her one of the mugs. ‘What is?’ ‘This coffee. You see, the case begins with a cup of coffee.’"

Get yourself a cup of coffee as you settle down to read this Japanese mystery novel. Coffee in fact plays a very important part in this story.

Right from the outset we know the who (or do we?) and the why. What we don't know is the how. Oh, we know that the victim's coffee was poisoned, but how and when was it done? However, the police haven't read t
**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
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).


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 c
The tag "Japanese Stieg Larrson" did me in.
It made me fall for this book and wasted 3-4 hours of my life that I am not going to get back.
I was not exactly expecting a 'Crime and Punishment' here. But, tell me, if it is unfair to expect a 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' from the "Japanese Stieg Larrson".

Even if I am not particularly a big fan of Larrson (well, I didn't like the latter 2 books in the Millennium series as much as the first one), but comparing Higashino to Larrson is like compari
These Keigo Higashino are fixed within a common mystery/detective genre, but hold a singular Japanese style which quite changes the formula. It alters difference in feel, approach, confrontation, reflecting the over culture well. But that exact point of style in particular is also a factor to why many readers of impatience or other faster paced and less repetitious to manners sensibilities would not persevere to the end. Many Westerners will pale at the repeating language. Exact words in plot pr ...more
Was better than my expectations. Devoured it page by page. I love intelligence in women, devious brains and a mystery which exercises my brain cells, and of course the Japanese way of life, storytelling and descriptions.
A man in his early middle age , who was about to divorce his wife of a year, as she couldn't conceive in the stipulated time, is found dead in his house by his young lover, who's in fact the wife's disciple. He's died of arsenic poisoning. And the search for the killer starts, th
May 14, 2013 Scarlet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Scarlet by: Samadrita's review
A good unconventional mystery but it lacked the punch-in-the-gut intensity that made The Devotion of Suspect X shine.
Jan 15, 2017 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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Libros Prestados
Mar 08, 2015 Libros Prestados rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El maldito de Keigo Higashino lo ha vuelto a hacer, la resolución ha vuelto a sorprenderme. Esta novela es una muestra del "lab lit" o "literatura de laboratorio" en el que la resolución de un misterio mediante medios o procedimientos científicos centra toda la historia. No es como CSI. Aquí, más que técnicas forenses modernas, lo que importa es utilizar el razonamiento científico para dilucidar el cómo. Más incluso que el porqué. El porqué es lo que se va desgranando poco a poco mientras se des ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Versha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I get the pattern of Keigo Higashino novels. First we come to know the crime and then the next moment we get to know the criminal but what we won’t know is the reason behind it and these kinds of mysteries is what i love to read. Where rather than concentrating on who is the criminal, the plot is more about why and how it was done.

Ayane and Yoshitaka a married couple, don't have children even after trying. But Yoshitaka is so adamant about having his own child that he doesn’t mind divorcing
Nov 24, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Salvation of a Saint is the second Higashino novel I've read in as many weeks. It takes place in Japan and is a masterful police procedural featuring several police detectives and the ever-fabulous physics professor Yukawa solving what appears initially to be the perfect crime. One of the things I love about Higashino's novels is that they reflect a uniquely Japanese style and temperament. The aggressive/confrontational interrogation tactics typical of American detective novels and movies is now ...more
This unconventional mystery has at its core a playful consideration of gender stereotypes. From page 1, the victim, Yoshitaka Mashiba, is a preening narcissist unapologetic about his misogyny. The book opens with his reiteration of his so-called 'life's plan'. The only purpose of marriage is to have children. It's been a year, and his wife Ayane is still not pregnant. Her time is up, he announces, while at the same time chiding her for her unsympathetic attitude toward this setback in this goal. ...more
Soham Chakraborty
Mar 22, 2013 Soham Chakraborty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, thriller
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
Todos Mis Libros
Jan 10, 2016 Todos Mis Libros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lo-tengo
Hace mucho tiempo, creo que antes de tener el blog, leí La devoción del sospechoso X, del mismo autor. Un libro que me cautivó por completo y que no he dejado de recomendar desde entonces. Por eso, al enterarme de que había otro título del autor publicado en castellano no dudé en hacerme con él y repetir experiencia.

La lectura ha sido satisfactoria, ya que estamos ante un puzzle muy complejo y difícil de resolver, pese a saber, desde la primera página, quién es el asesino, al igual que sucedía
Hilmi Isa
Aug 11, 2014 Hilmi Isa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yoshitaka Mashiba,seorang CEO di sebuah syarikat IT,ditemui mati di dalam rumahnya oleh Hiromi Wakayama. Hiromi merupakan 'kekasih gelap' kepada Yoshitaka. Apa yang menimbulkan tanda tanya adalah bagaimana mangsa meninggal dunia? Punca kematiannya adalah diakibatkan oleh racun yang terkandung di dalam kopi yang diminumnya. Tiada tanda-tanda yang menunjukkan rumah si mati diceroboh masuk. Perkara ini menyebabkan isteri mangsa,Ayane Mita atau Mashiba disyaki. Namun demikian,ketika kejadian pembunu ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Fuka-chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-challenge

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
May 24, 2013 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jaideep Khanduja
May 01, 2013 Jaideep Khanduja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Pallavi Kamat
Apr 28, 2013 Pallavi Kamat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Madhulika Liddle
Feb 12, 2016 Madhulika Liddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a Friday evening, wealthy and successful businessman, Yoshitaka Mashiba and his wife for the past year, Ayane Mita, a talented patchwork quilt expert—host a small dinner party for their friends, Mr and Mrs Ikai, and Hiromi Wakayama, the young woman who is not just Ayane’s apprentice, but a good friend, too.

How good a friend, though, is Hiromi? Because she’s having an affair with Yoshitaka. And Yoshitaka has already asked Ayane for a divorce—not, it seems, a complete surprise to Ayane, becaus
Jun 04, 2016 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, crime-mystery
This book is too long. The set-up just a little bit plodding (compared to Devotion), and it could have been shortened/tightened up. Hence, the missing star.

But the plot construction is once again brilliant, the characterization rich and well integrated into the plot, and the translation is excellent. Higashino appears to be one of the very best of the current generation of Japanese crime writers. It is just a really smart, tightly-constructed, and interesting police-procedural. In both books, th
Dhiraj Sharma
Feb 12, 2013 Dhiraj Sharma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2013 Saiful rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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'.
Auch der zweite Band konnte mich überzeugen und hat mir außerordentlich gut gefallen.

Ich mag es, wie es japanische Autoren es immer schaffen, so eine Ruhe und Gelassenheit in ihren Romanen zu vermitteln, selbst wenn es um Mord geht.
Dec 25, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent, first-class mystery. This is the second "Detective Galileo" mystery I have read and, as much as I liked the first one (The Devotion of Suspect X: A Detective Galileo Novel), I think this one is much better.

Yoshitaka Mashiba is a selfish, heartless, and callous man who is obsessed with having a child. When his wife Ayane is unable to have one after barely a year of marriage, he decides their marriage is over - and he already has a replacement waiting. Not surprisingly, he is dead by
Joe Cummings
Salvation of a Saint is the 2012 translation by Alexander O. Smith of Keigo Higashino's 2008 novel Seijo no Kyusai. This is an interesting combination of a police procedural and a locked door mystery. The body of successful businessman Yoshitaka is discovered in his locked Tokyo mansion by his wife's assistant. His spouse could be one of the primary suspects, but she's 1000 kilometers away visiting her parents in Sapporo. By everyone who knows the couple, she's the perfect wife. Does the perfe ...more
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Keigo Higashino(東野 圭吾) 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
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Detective Galileo (8 books)
  • 探偵ガリレオ [Tantei Garireo] (ガリレオ, #1)
  • 予知夢 [Yochimu] (ガリレオ, #2)
  • The Devotion of Suspect X
  • ガリレオの苦悩 [Garireo no Kunō] (ガリレオ, #4)
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