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Malice

(Kyoichiro Kaga #4)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  17,439 ratings  ·  2,743 reviews
Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend, both of whom have rock solid alibis. Or so it seems.

At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyoichiro Kaga re
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published September 1996)
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Jason Nope, this is the only one from the Detective Kaga series. Only two of the Professor Galileo series (Devotion of Suspect X, Salvation of a saint) and …moreNope, this is the only one from the Detective Kaga series. Only two of the Professor Galileo series (Devotion of Suspect X, Salvation of a saint) and two other standalones (Journey Under the Midnight Sun, Naoko).(less)
Jason Actually it is a different series from Devotion of Suspect X and Salvation of a Saint. While the latter have Professor Galileo, this is about detectiv…moreActually it is a different series from Devotion of Suspect X and Salvation of a Saint. While the latter have Professor Galileo, this is about detective Kaga. And as far as I know this is the only one translated from this series(less)

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Dem
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
An intelligent and page turning mystery that doesn't need to rely on gimmicks to get the readers attention. Just a good old fashioned suspenseful mystery that is perfectly paced and with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested.

Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His body is found in his office, a locked room, within his locked house, by his wife and his be
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Diane S ☔
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I find myself quite taken with Japanese mysteries. Not a word is wasted, not much descriptive language, but they are such puzzles. Like the puzzle boxes, where one must solve one part and then finds there is more to solve. So many times in this story I thought it was figured out only to quickly discover that everything first thought was totally wrong. Divided into individual parts between two characters, each part brought a new perspective and further evidence. A murder, but not graphic at all, ...more
carol.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: multi-culti, mystery
Higashino is a best-selling, award-winning, and prolific mystery author in Japan, but only six of his works have been translated into English. They've been extremely interesting reads because--as least for the ones I've read--he rarely takes the traditional mystery approach. In The Devotion of Suspect X, for instance, the reader witnesses the who, what where and how of the death within the first few pages, but ends up following along with the detective as the witnesses conceal evidence. In Salva ...more
K.J. Charles
I have become addicted to these Japanese murder mysteries that manage to be hugely satisfying and not annoyingly meta while playing with the form of the genre. In this one we very rapidly learn who did it, and how isn't hard, so the main preoccupation is why, and the answer is of course twisty.

This one is about a murdered writer and there is one of the most jawdropping observations on writing craft I have ever seen (jawdropping because only when it's made do we see how it's worked) which I am g
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Glenn Russell



I'm not a big fan of whodunnits. The idea of being fed clue after clue so I can attempt to crack the case along with the detective/inspector in the story holds zero appeal for me.

But here's the thing with Keigo Higashino's Malice: the first sentence of the publisher's blurb reads: “Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is found brutally murdered in his home on the night before he was to leave Japan and relocate to Vancouver.” Ah, thinks I, a bestselling novelist is the victim of a bruta
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Carol
Malice is a standalone Higashino novel, at least in terms of what's available in English in the US market at this time. It's a puzzle-solving police procedural, that may turn on true love, infidelity, a cover-up of a past crime, jealousy of professional success, bribery, middle-school bullying. From early on, the question isn't, who? or how? (We know both of those answers almost immediately) it's why? It's not a thriller. There's no racing against a clock. Unlike in American and British police p ...more
Aditi
“Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core.”

----Heather Brewer


Keigo Higashino, the most popular and biggest selling Japanese fiction author, has penned an intriguing thriller, Malice that is the fourth book in the detective Kyoichiro Kaga series. This book revolves around the murder of a bestselling author right before he was going to leave Japan with his new wife to Canada and also right before the publication of his another book. The inf
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Bharath
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of Keigo Higashino that I read after “The Devotion of Suspect X”. This is an excellent murder mystery as well. The style is similar – great story & plot, depth of characters and systematic & painstaking analysis. It does not have the frills which build suspense and many readers have become so used to – the end of a chapter having a sentence or two with a touch of drama. In many ways, this is the way murder mysteries should be written.

Hidaka is a best selling novelist, and
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Apoorva
‘Malice’ revolves around the death of a famous author Kunihiko Hidaka who was going to move to Canada with his wife the next day and was working on a novel in his locked house. His body is discovered by Osamu Nonoguchi, a best friend of Hidaka who’s also an author of children’s books.

The investigation team involves Detective Kyoichiro Kaga who was a colleague of Osamu in the past when they were both working as teachers but eventually they went their separate ways. Kaga suspects him and digs into
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Anne ✨ Finds Joy
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
(4.5) Very clever storytelling, I love a mystery like this! The story is woven so well, that you'll be thinking it's one thing and then the whole story just sort of shifts, and shifts again, and then again. I was fully engaged from beginning to end, and just kept thinking how clever it was to even think up a story line like this! This is a mystery I'd read again, just to see what I'd missed along the way! ...more
Shruti
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shruti by: Supreeth
Shelves: mystery, 2018-reads
Actual rating : 4.5 stars
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I found Malice to be an okay read, but a bit ho-hum for me, perhaps being a fan of very fast paced and often dark crime books this one was a bit too slow for me, indeed very well written and I got the whole concept of the killer being identified early then the book focusing on the WHY rather than the WHO, but it just was not something I got very excited about.

Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is brutally murdered in his home on the night before he's planning to leave Japan and reloc
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Smitha
This book had everything a good mystery should
A convoluted, very intelligent killer
A famous writer with an antipathetic character for a victim
A very intelligent police officer, who finally unravels the gnarled threads of the mystery
2 childhood friends, one who hates the other
Bullying which led to serious consequences
Infidelity, Extreme jealousy mounting to hatred, prejudices
And MALICE
I thoroughly enjoyed the various POVs, the narrative consequently taken up by the suspected murderer, the investi
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Miles
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Malice by Japanese author Keigo Higashino represents not only the first book that I’ve read by the author but also just happens to be one of my favourite books of the year. It’s an evocative read that puts the reader at ease from the opening pages until its dénouement where everything is tied up in a neat, unexpected and satisfying package.

Wonderfully translated from Japanese by Alexander O Smith and Elye Alexander the book is an effortless read. It’s as if the author sat down to write and in an
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Helly
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a malicious book! Read it!
Nimish Sawant
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who love mystery novels
Keigo Higashino's first book that I read - The Devotion of Suspect X - was the first instance of buying a book online, purely on impulse. And what a decision that was. Within 2 days flat, I finished it and was completely awed. I started searching more books by him, but sadly there were no new translations out. Couple of months back I read my second Higashino book - The Salvation of a Saint. This wasn't quite as good as The Devotion of Suspect X, at least for me. But I know for a fact that it won ...more
Susan
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keigo Higashino is the author of the incredibly successful “The Devotion of Suspect X” and, the slightly less so, “Salvation of a Saint.” I have never read anything by this author before, so was curious to try this newly translated work. It is less of a whodunit and more of a ‘why’ and a ‘how’ the crime was carried out and what motivated it.

Kunihiko Hidaka is a bestselling author. Widowed, he has recently remarried the much younger Rie, and the couple are moving to Canada. When his friend, Osamu
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Barbara K
My first book by Higashino, so I can't compare it with his previous works. But I knew that one of those was an Edgar finalist and that his books are hugely popular in Asia, so I had reason to expect that I would enjoy this - and I did.

We quickly learn how the central murder was committed and who did it. But Detective Kaga can't let the case go until he understands why the victim had to die. In this well-crafted story, discovering the truth is a process akin to peeling away the layers of an onion
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Mizuki
I have never been a fan of Mr. Higashino but this murder mystery about a famous novelist being killed out of the blue is such a satisfying read! The details abut the daily life of novelists are good. the plot is cleverly set and the murder mystery also actually does quite well! I'm pleasantly surprised! ...more
Tamoghna Biswas
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-crime
“So furiously each other did assayle,
As if their soules they would attonce haue rent
Out of their brests, that streames of bloud did rayle
Adowne, as if their springes of life were spent;
That all the ground with purple bloud was sprent,
And all their armours staynd with bloudie gore,
Yet scarcely once to breath would they relent,
So mortall was their malice and so sore,
Become of fayned friendship which they vow'd afore.”


― Edmund Spenser, (The Faerie Queene, Books Three and Four)


This was the third,
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Versha
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, reviewed
4.5
★★★★½

Keigo Higashino’s approach towards crime thrillers is totally different. The first book I read by him was 'Devotion of Suspect X’ i remember enjoying that book but not as much as I enjoyed Malice. I am totally in awe of this one. The story, the way it was presented to us readers and the characterisation everything was just incredible.

At first, the story seemed very simple and to the point,
Firstly, we witness the crime,
Secondly, we get to know who has committed it and
Thirdly, the p
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Vivian
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-odyssey, mystery
More about the why than the who.

This is a quick read with so many twists and turns. It is a chess game between the detective and suspect to uncover the truth. I like Higashino's writing and his emphasis on the psychological in his mysteries.
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Mridu  aka Storypals
You know this is what happens when you leave reviews for later and don't really know how to explain why you liked a certain book.

The only thing you remember is that YOU DEFINITELY ENJOYED READING IT.

So past Mridu still approves of it.
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Maryam
Oct 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Keigo Higashino is a known and very popular mystery writer in Japan. When I get to this task this year Popsugar reading challenge: Read a best seller from 1990, I decided to look outside of US or UK world and this book came up, published originally in 1996 in Japan but translated to English in the 2000s.

It was a very well-written mystery story with having Japanese culture in the core, so like much Japanese literature at least for it looked slow but at the end I really enjoyed it.
Erica
That last line made me go "MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!" really loudly inside my head. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

I had no idea what to expect from this. I totally picked it for the cover - look how pretty! Blood blossoms in springtime. Awwww!

Turns out, this is a good, old-fashioned-like crime-solving mystery, a la Sherlock Holmes or an Agatha Christie novel.
You see the parts, you follow the misleads or you don't, but it all dovetails nicely in the end and you get your resolution.
So was I surprised? No.
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Nandakishore Mridula
I loved The Devotion of Suspect X by the same author, where the emphasis was not so much on the "whodunit" as much as the "howdunit": here, it's the "whydunit". Higashino is a master of misdirection-he will wrong-foot the reader with a deft turn of phrase. However, a trick repeated once too often becomes rather transparent, and IMO it happened here-by the last third of the book I could guess where the story was going.

Still, it is an ingenious mystery and terrifically structured, and a very fast
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Steven Godin
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: japan, crime-fiction
Best read in one or two sittings simply because everything happens so fast in terms of the way its told and it really is hard to put down once you get into it,highly original and very very clever with twists and turns aplenty this is greatly recommended for the murder/mystery lover.
Emma
Hmm...I expected to like this more. I loved the Devotions of Suspect X. But I wonder if really it’s a one trick pony- where you know who committed the crime early on, but not the ins and outs- whatever you are being led to believe is not the true solution. Anyway, I was less impressed with this.
Lynn
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, translation
Malice is the first book I've read by Japanese author, Keigo Higashino. This is a skillful mystery featuring an astute investigator, Detective Kyochiro Kaga. Bestselling author, Kunihiko Hidaka, is murdered the night before he and his wife are scheduled to move to Vancouver. Hidaka's friend and fellow author, Osamu Nonoguchi, soon confesses to the murder and the story becomes a whydunnit. Despite having a confession, Kaga feels the full truth has not emerged yet and so begins the dance between p ...more
Shweta Padma Das
What a twister! Just when you think you have figured it out, the author turns everything on its head and makes you wonder - do we really know the whole truth about anyone?
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Associated Names:
* Keigo Higashino
* 東野 圭吾 (Japanese)
* 東野圭吾 (Tradirional Chinese)
* ฮิงาชิโนะ เคโงะ (Thai)


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 th
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