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Salvation of a Saint

(Detective Galileo #5)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  11,856 ratings  ·  1,542 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 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 wasn´t a religious person but I don´t cons…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 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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Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second mystery I've read by Higashino was even better than my first (The Devotion of Suspect X). There is something immensely satisfying about his approach to telling a story. Perhaps it is a difference of cultural expectations on what an author needs to accomplish. Though Higashino is a best-selling author in Japan, he seems relatively unknown in the U.S. What I do know is that when I finish, I feel a strong sense of pleasure. The mystery is resolved, yes, providing a sense of intellectual ...more
Crystal Bryant
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nandakishore Varma
Every classic mystery is a magic trick - it works through misdirection. While the magician entices us to watch something in the open, his quicksilver hands does the business out of sight, and we are mystified at the apparent breakdown of the rules of nature. "The hand is quicker than the eye." In the mystery story, it is the same - we are persuaded to chase the red herrings while the writer cleverly builds up his plot under wraps. The only difference is, unlike the magic trick, the novelist tell ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it liked it

In this 5th book in the 'Detective Galileo' series, the Japanese police look into the death of a rich businessman. The book can be read as a standalone.


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.

**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
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

I have no idea why it took me so long to get back to this series, when I enjoyed The Devotion of Suspect X so much!

It may be a case of "Ooh look, shiny!" as new books cross my Goodreads path, but it is more likely that the number of group reads I do & my devotion to twentieth century fiction crowd even the ablest of modern writers out. Which is, of course, a pity.

But better late than never!

Devotion of Suspect X made me think of Shogi

This book features both chess
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Tamoghna Biswas
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-crime
**4.2 stars**

“Sometimes it's as important to prove there is no answer to a question as it is to answer it.”

It was the second work that I read by Higashino, with my expectations set higher after his probably most famous work. An unwise decision, perhaps, to read an author’s most acclaimed work before dealing with his others, but I didn’t regret it, for sure.

The story revolves around a middle-aged hypocrite who was going to divorce his wife, for “failing” to “give” him a baby, which wasn’t his
It seems like the end of 2018 is gonna be ‘Keigo Higashino’ year for me and I’m not complaining! Salvation of a Saint is another impressive novel, a successor of the Devotion of Suspect X in the thriller series 'Detective Galileo'. This book revolves around a perfect crime: a crime which is so proficiently crafted that it leaves no evidence or trace behind to pinpoint the criminal; the unsolvability of the crime depends on the skill of the criminal rather than the incompetence of the investigato ...more
Patrick Sherriff
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan, crime-and-such
I don't recommend this book if you are trying to cut down on caffeine. I say this as someone who drinks far too much coffee for his own good. I decided to knock coffee on the head for a week. The same week, by chance, I started listening to the audiobook of Salvation of a Saint. On day one, I had terrible headaches and a real craving for the smell and taste of filter coffee. And then I found, much to my chagrin, the victim keels over from a cup of poisoned coffee and all I could think about was ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Keigo Higashino’s “The Devotion of Suspect X” on a recommendation from a friend sometime back and really liked. Since then, I read “Malice” and now “Salvation of a Saint”. The strength is in the depth of the story and the characters. They are all great crime novels with no fluff or unnecessary drama.

Salvation of a Saint is another great story if you like crime/mysteries. It is not as crisply written as the other two books mentioned above, but a very good read nevertheless.

Yoshitaka and
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
"Kusanagi had met plenty of good, admirable people who'd been turned into murderers by circumstance. There was something about them he always seemed to sense, an aura that they shared. Somehow, their transgression freed them from the confines of a mortal existence, allowing them to perceive the great truths of the universe. At the same time, it meant they had one foot in forbidden territory. They straddled the line between sanity and madness."

Detective Galileo has done it again, by solving the p
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
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 14, 2013 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. ...more
(Edit on 7th July 2018)

I needed to remove the 1 star rating that I had awarded to this book and add this edit to my original review. Cause, after persistent prodding by the fellow Goodreaders to explore other works of the author before judging unfairly, I took up two other books of Keigo Higashino. And I must admit, he is a master of this crime-thriller genre. I absolutely loved his other 2 books - The Devotion of Suspect X and Malice.
And now I have a feeling that if I again read 'Salvation of
Bill Khaemba
Sadly, my expectations were not met... Maybe it's because it's the 5th book of the series but in my opinion it's pretty forgettable and very underwhelming ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Ashish Iyer
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has much to enjoy. A trip to Japan, a good investigator, a puzzling and confusing investigation. You know the who, what and how of the murder. The ingenious outcome has some awful aspects. It doesn't disappoint in construction but is disturbing. ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beauty of Keigo Higashino is that, the plot doesn’t take much length to build, just 15-20 pages are gone and murder is done, then comes the detective and it depends then comes physicist and the crime seems to be perfect crime and obviously fast paced. Now the actually climax about his books how physicist reveals how the crime was actually performed.

Salvation of Saint you know who has performed the crime by reading 25 pages by how that is done is explained over 300 pages. So, basically it is
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I never reviewed it, I really enjoyed the previous book (at least in terms of English translations… this series has some weird release gaps) The Devotion of Suspect X. I really see no need to go back and review it now, as the reasons I liked it are much the same for this novel, so I would mostly be just repeating myself.

This series is unique. I don’t know if it is because I’m new to Japanese Police Procedural novels or if it Higashino’s writing (my initial guess would be both) but this se
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, 2015

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
Diane S ☔
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Caro the Helmet Lady
5 stars for this fast and very satisfying read. I wanted something like this and Higashino is one of my favs. His style is neat and his mystery is, well, very mysterious. Yukawa ("detective Galileo") reminds me a lot of Sherlock Holmes and I don't think it's something accidental - even though his drug of choice is coffee and he's got a badminton racquet instead of a violin. One star plus for bringing lady police officer into the story - a couple of years ago I've read women were still a rare cas ...more
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
May 24, 2013 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
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Keigo's style a lot, he always make me go nervous after revealing who's the killer and go mysteriously wonder about how they will do the investigation later. The case seems so simple, suspect was obvious and yet Keigo was so great to keep me glued until the very last page.

The new girl detective really caught my eyes, so in love with her style of investigation. I was shocked with her conclusion about Kusanagi to Yukawa. I never thought Kusanagi would go personal on it, but he after all a h
Kakashi Hatake
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The solution was " √(−1)" .

theoretically possible yet practically imaginary

interesting yet far-fetched
Mohammed Sheikh
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, japanese
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Yoshitaka Mashiba is found dead at his apartment in Tokyo.the body is discovered by Hiromi Okayama student of victim's wife Ayane Mita. Mr. Mashiba murdered with the use of Arsenous acid mixed with coffee ,which seemed almost an impossible task to accomplish(of course there is a loads of discussion about this in the book) . And when the Prime suspect victim's wife was miles away when the incident takes place it seemed like a perfect crime.

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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

Other books in the series

Detective Galileo (9 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 (Detective Galileo, #1)
  • ガリレオの苦悩 [Garireo no Kunō] (ガリレオ, #4)
  • A Midsummer's Equation (Detective Galileo, #3)
  • 虚像の道化師 [Kyozo No Dokeshi] (ガリレオ, #7)
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