Articles tagged "The Devotion of Suspect X"


THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X hooked us on Japanese author Keigo Higashino, and librarians adored MALICE, making it an October 2014 LibraryReads pick.

His newest book, UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN, is his most ambitious yet: a sweeping epic about a brutal crime and the two teenagers—Ryo, the son of the murdered man, and Yukiho, the daughter of the main suspect—whose lives remain inextricably linked over the twenty-year search for the truth behind the crime.

UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN has two starred reviews:

“Edgar-nominated Higashino revisits the dangerous codependence of bonds forged in murder with this complex, elegant psychological thriller. A starkly rendered portrayal of modern Japanese culture that will draw fans of fellow Japanese thriller master Natsuo Kirino’s novels and the haunting Scandinavian tales of Karin Fossum.” — Booklist, starred review

“Higashino successfully sustains momentum, despite the book’s considerable length, as he traces Ryo and Yukiho’s different paths to adulthood and plausibly portrays their psychological development. Subtle clues fairly set up the dramatic and surprising resolution.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Thriller Thursday (2/25/16 Edition)

A physicist and a romantic crime-fighting duo are on the case this #ThrillerThursday:

Two stars for the LibraryReads author’s sequel to the international bestseller THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, starring Manabu Yukawa, the physicist known as “Detective Galileo.” “Filled with surprises and plot twists, this complex and riveting mystery will keep readers guessing until the final page.” — Library Journal, starred review

Mismatched romantic crime-fighting duo Mitch Berger and Desiree Mitry investigate a murder and a family grudge in the latest in this charming Dorset series. “Effectively straddling the line between mystery and comedy, this is a solidly plotted, fluidly written story that keeps the reader entertained from the get-go.” — Booklist readmoreremove

2016 Edgar Nominees & Starred Mysteries

edgarsThe 2016 Edgar Award nominations were announced earlier this week and Macmillan has 4 contenders:

Best Novel
NIGHT LIFE by David C. Taylor

Best Critical/Biographical
THE LOST DETECTIVE: Becoming Dashiell Hammett by Nathan Ward

Mary Higgins Clark Award
A WOMAN UNKNOWN by Frances Brody

The winners will be announced on April 28.

Check out these mysteries with multiple starred reviews (you never know, they could be on a future awards list)!


Macmillan hits the October 2014 LibraryReads list!

FANTASTIC NEWS! Macmillan has THREE fabulous books on the October 2014 LibraryReads list!

Coming in at #6 is THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS by Keith Donohue
This creepy horror novel about a young boy whose drawings of monsters take on a life of their own is “A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night.” — Kirkus Reviews


Available from Picador on October 7.


Thriller Thursday (Stars Edition)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday picks are superSTARS!

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
Penny’s highly anticipated tenth Chief Inspector Gamache novel is here! Booklist and Library Journal loved it with the latter warning, “The heartbreaking conclusion will leave series readers blinking back tears.” Keep an eye out for upcoming major media for THE LONG WAY HOME, including NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Washington Post, and much more!

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller
In Keller’s third Bell Elkins novel, a spate of violent crimes cast suspicion on a struggling young woman’s family while Bell must deal with her sister’s release from prison. Booklist and Library Journal gave it starred reviews with the latter saying, “The gritty Appalachian setting and plot will keep readers’ attention locked on the pages. This title will especially appeal to fans of such rural noir authors as Tom Bouman and Daniel Woodrell.”

NINE DAYS by Minerva Koenig
On Sale: September 9, 2014
“Texas architect Koenig’s complex and intriguing suspense debut introduces ‘Julia Kalas’—the name the WITSEC program assigned her after neo-Nazis made her a widow. Fans of distinctive female characters like Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon and Becky Masterman’s Brigid Quinn will be thrilled to add Koenig to their ranks.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Small-town Texas is vividly brought to life in this atmospheric and entertaining debut that also introduces a memorable and unusual protagonist. It’s bound to delight fans of Tricia Fields, Lori G. Armstrong, or James Lee Burke’s ‘Hackberry Holland’ books.” — Library Journal, starred review

Starred Reviews for Salvation of a Saint

Bestselling Japanese novelist Keigo Higashino puts physics professor Manabu Yukawa on another tricky case in SALVATION OF A SAINT (after THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, 2011).

And if the title sounds familiar it might be because Robin Beerbower mentioned this one during the Shout n' Share panel at BEA!

Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee.  His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect except that she was hundreds of miles away at the time of the murder. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her so his assistant does what her boss has done for years when stymied—she calls upon Professor Manabu Yukawa. 

"Higashino has taken the art and craft of mystery writing to a new level of excellence." -Library Journal (starred review)

"Howdunit, rather than whodunit, appears to be the central question of Edgar-finalist Higashino’s brilliant second mystery. [...] While readers of classic mysteries will be delighted with the elegant solution, the book will also appeal to fans of procedurals that carefully develop the relationships among the investigative team members." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Kirkus Reviews included it as one of their "10 Hot Crime Novels for Colder Days."


The 2012 Edgar Award Nominees

We are very proud to have so many excellent books, both fiction and nonfiction, nominated for the Edgar Awards this year. 

In their press release the Mystery Writers of America say that the Edgar Awards are "honoring the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television published or produced in 2011."

Our 2012 nominees:

Best Novel 


Best First Novel

LAST TO FOLD by David Duffy
PURGATORY CHASM by Steve Ulfelder

Best Critical Biographical

THE TATTOOED GIRL by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer & John-Henri Holmberg

Mary Higgins Clark

NOW YOU SEE ME by S.J. Bolton
DEATH ON TOUR by Janice Hamrick

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The awards will be presented to the winners on April 26, 2012 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, NYC. 

See all of the 2012 Edgar Award Nominees here.

See the full press release from the Mystery Writers of America here.


RUSA’s 2012 Notable Books & Reading List

The 2012 RUSA reading list is in!

Between the noshable hors d'oeuvres, the wine, and the charming company, we had a riotous time at the announcement ceremony in Dallas. Yes, we were whooping and hollering when they listed books we love!

Don't believe me? Boom: proof.

Library Journal reported, "Some of the announcements were greeted by quite a bit of excitement, especially from Robin Nesbitt (on Twitter, @robnesb) of Columbus Metropolitan Library; Alene Moroni (@surlyspice) of King County Library System, WA; Talia Sherer (@macmillanlib) of Macmillan Library Marketing; and Stephanie Chase (@acornsandnuts) of Mutnomah County Library." So, yeah, we were excited.

RUSA ladiesNow, on to the books!

2012 Reading List


NOW YOU SEE ME by S. J. Bolton
YOU'RE NEXT by Gregg Hurwitz




KILLED AT THE WHIM OF A HAT by Colin Cotterill 
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny 


THE QUANTUM THIEF by Hannu Rajaniemi 

See the complete list of RUSA winners, short lists, and read-alikes here.

2012 Notable Books List


THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman 

See RUSA's complete list of Notable Books here.


Stars for The Devotion of Suspect X in Audio

Keigo Higashino's Japanese, Hitchcockian thriller, THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X, is scooping up even more starred reviews, this time in audio!

"David Pittu’s narration adds a humanity and passion to the proceedings, especially evident in the scenes in which Ishigami goes head to head with wily Dr. Yukawa. The former’s calm manner of speaking seems to be concealing a feverishly working mind, while the doctor is evidently enjoying himself immensely. Pittu transforms those and other moments from mere wordplay into a thrilling game of cat and mouse in the Alfred Hitchcock tradition." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"What might be classified as a procedural develops considerable psychological depth, aided by Tony Award-winning actor David Pittu’s subtle, sensitive reading, through which he artfully manages to accentuate the characters’ conflicted emotions. Recommended for crime novel enthusiasts and those interested in Japanese culture." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Told with cool simplicity…Higashino’s ‘just the facts, ma’am’ style belies his brilliant evocation of Ishigami as he enters into a cat-and-mouse battle of wits with a former acquaintance, a super-smart physics professor who is the only man able to fathom the depths of the mathematician’s devotion. David Pittu is an amazingly skillful narrator, brushing the dialogue with an almost imperceptible hint of an accent, subtly building suspense as the inevitable end looms." —BookPage, Top Pick of the Month


3 stars for Keigo Higashino’s The Devotion of Suspect X!

We now have 3 starred advance reviews for The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino – and fingers crossed for the hoped for Booklist

from the starred Publishers Weekly:

"Higashino won Japan's Naoki Prize for Best Novel with this stunning thriller about miscarried human devotion, a bestseller in Japan…the author successfully combines unquestionable reasoning with unquenchable pain. In this brutally laconic translation, cold logic battles warm hearts throughout this elegant proof of the wages of sin, in which everyone suffers and no one can ever win."

From the starred Kirkus Reviews:

"A veteran police detective matches wits with a brilliant rookie criminal...This character-driven mystery by the prolific Higashino, one of only a few translated into English, has much to recommend it, including a droll Columbo-like sleuth and a great surprise ending." 

From the starred Library Journal:

"A thrilling cat-and-mouse game among… Winner of Japan’s prestigious Naoki Prize and a best seller there with more than two million copies sold, this literary psychological thriller is a subtle and shifting murder mystery. It will make readers redefine devotion and trust in an otherwise complete stranger."