A high school mathematics teacher, Ishigami lives in an apartment and is secretly in love with a single mother Yasuko, who lives next door. One day he hears noises from his neighbor and finds out that Yasuko killed her ex-husband who mistreated and extorted money from her. Ishigami offers her help to dispose of the body and keep her and her daughter safe.
The author, Keigo Higashino, has been one of the most popular mystery writers in Japan for over the last 15 years. The Devotion of Suspect X is the third in his Detective Galileo series and won numerous awards. In the U.S., it became a nominee for the Edgar Award for best novel in 2012 and was chosen by the America Library Association as Best Mystery Novel for their 2012 reading list.
The Devotion of Suspect X is a great story perfect for those who love to get caught up in a thrilling mystery. But it’s also a book that serves as an opportunity to try Japanese literature and provides a good deal of cultural learning too.