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The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
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Mar 15, 12

bookshelves: thrillers
Read in March, 2012

"Which is harder: devising an unsolvable problem, or solving that problem? "

The quote from the book (which is a mathematical problem indeed), pretty much sums up the backbone of the script.

The language flow is a bit scratchy at times (probably due to "not up to the mark" translation), but the book does manage to keep you curious and interested through most part of the plot.
It kicks off a bit slow, with the first 20 pages being merely a drag, but it gets into the real deal quickly after that.

The character sketch of the lead, Ishigami, is brilliantly laid out, and flawlessly carried through the book. Yukawa's character plays a perfect support role.

The Devotion of Suspect X is unlike the usual crime thriller, by providing the details of the crime right at the start. The main plot of the book is the cover-up. And i must say the plot is truly genius. With a brilliant mind behind the planning, it is sophisticated, complex and near-perfect. The book unravels to an end that will leave you fairly awestruck, giving a great finish to the novel. Not to forget, the title could not have been more apt.

There are a few loopholes in the plot, though :

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Overall the book is a "Should read" for all those crime thriller fans out there, and especially for those who always wanted to read a perfect crime cover-up.
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