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Malice

(Kyoichiro Kaga #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  10,923 ratings  ·  1,598 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
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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Jana
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, first-reads, 5-stars
Malice is unlike any murder mystery I have ever read before. The plot is deceptively straightforward: Kunihiko Hidaka, a famous Japanese novelist, is found murdered in his home on the night before he and his wife are planning to relocate from Japan to Vancouver. Osamu Nonoguchi, the author's friend, finds the body and is enlisted by the police to assist the investigating detective, Kyoichiro Kaga. The narrative is split between Nonoguchi's written accounts of events (which grow increasingly untr ...more
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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Shruti
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shruti by: Supreeth
Shelves: 2018-reads, mystery
Actual rating : 4.5 stars
Anne ✨
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!
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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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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Em*bedded-in-books*
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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Emm C²
4.5 Stars
Finally got around to a review. I really liked this. Malice is a twisty, puzzle-box type murder mystery. I wouldn't call it a high tension thriller, nor is it slow paced either. Arguably, it's more of a character drama, and an interesting commentary on creative jealousy within the writing community.

Prominent author Kunihiko Hidaka is murdered in his home office the day before he is set to leave the country for Canada, and found by his long-time friend and fellow writer, Osamu Nonogu
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Helly
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a malicious book! Read it!
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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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.
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
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 thriller 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 with 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
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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.
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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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
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Pechi
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
In this mentally exhausting Japanese murder mystery which gives away the killer in its innocent blurb, a flavorless investigator negotiates a byzantine labyrinth of logic & forensic evidence to pin down the EXACT motive behind the murder - which definitely isn't gonna matter in the long run because the villain confesses anyway.

The concept of whydunnit is ultimately exhausted, exploited and ruthlessly squeezed out by the writer until not a drop of the juice remains & the decimated remains of the
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Faith
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
A successful author is murdered and the dogged detective quickly identifies the murderer, but even after he has been charged with the crime and his motive has been revealed the detective still keeps investigating. I thought the book dragged a little in the middle, but the intricate plot kept me interested and I loved the ending. This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I will probably read more.
Nabilah Firdaus
My third book by Keigo Higashino and he really didn’t disappoint. A brilliant thriller that paced around a murder of a bestselling novelist, Hidaka. Hidaka’s body was found in his office by his wife and his friend, both of whom have solid alibis. Detective Kaga, the star in this book, wasnt faced with the question of whodunnit or howdunnit (it was hinted and revealed quite early in the book), rather he had to prove why the murder was committed. The motive, the whys. And oh boy, right when you th ...more
Skip
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought this was a book in Higashino's Detective Galileo series, and was somewhat disappointed by Detective Kaga. A writer is murdered in his own home, and the killing is made to look random; however, Kaga quickly identifies the culprit, a boyhood friend of the writer and fellow writer. Most of the book is dedicated to determining his motive for the murder, which is much different than the killer tries to pretend.
Tim The Enchanter
From Average to Fantastic - 5 Stars

This book is very difficult to categorize. In an age when the unreliable narrator is all the rage, Malice takes the concept farther than anyone else and keeps you questioning everything you read. This is by design. From the outset, you are not sure as to what you are supposed to believe and who you are to trust. The author lets you draw conclusions multiple times but relishes in exposing your ignorance. Even when you figure out who committed the murder,
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Poonam
Read this as part of 2018 Ultimate Reading Challenge, Category: "A book with a one-word title".

Buddy Read with Nameeta.

This book is originally written in Japanese and I read the translated English version of this.

I have read only 1 other book by Higashino- The Devotion of Suspect X and frankly I can confirm after reading this that I am a fan of this author.

By 30% of the story there is an arrest and it is very obvious as to who the killer is.
At this point I felt, So we now know who the killer
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Taryn
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-author
This definitely won't be the last book I read by Keigo Higashino. He's one of the most well-known mystery writers in Japan, and when I saw his work compared with Agatha Christie's, I knew I needed to get in on that. Malice drew my eye because it's about a writer who murders another writer—ooh, authors behaving badly! I love it! Also, before you get mad at me, that's not a spoiler, as this is another book where the mystery is why the murder took place, not who did the murdering. You might have to ...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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Kyoichiro Kaga (10 books)
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  • どちらかが彼女を殺した [Dochiraka ga kanojo o koroshita] (加賀恭一郎, #3)
  • 私が彼を殺した [Watashi ga kare o koroshita] (加賀恭一郎, #5)
  • 嘘をもうひとつだけ [uso o mou hitotsu dake] (加賀恭一郎, #6)
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“The relationship between teacher and student is based on illusion. The teacher is under the illusion that he is teaching something, and the student is under the illusion that he is being taught. What’s important is that this shared illusion makes both teacher and student happy. Nothing good is gained by facing the truth, after all. All we’re doing is playing at education.” 29 likes
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