A Mystery

Book - 1996
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"This smart and original mystery is a true page-turner... will baffle, surprise, and draw out suspicion until the final few pages. With each book, Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"Fiendishly clever... Higashino offers one twist after another... Readers will marvel at the artful way the plot builds to the solution." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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 Kyochiro Kaga recognizes Hidaka's best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years ago when they were both teachers, they were colleagues at the same public school. Kaga went on to join the police force while Nonoguchi eventually left to become a full-time writer, though with not nearly the success of his friend Hidaka.

As Kaga investigates, he eventually uncovers evidence that indicates that the two writers' relationship was very different that they claimed, that they were anything but best friends. But the question before Kaga isn't necessarily who, or how, but why. In a brilliantly realized tale of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer battle over the truth of the past and how events that led to the murder really unfolded. And if Kaga isn't able to uncover and prove why the murder was committed, then the truth may never come out.

Malice is one of the bestselling--the most acclaimed--novel in Keigo Higashino's series featuring police detective Kyochiro Kaga, one of the most popular creations of the bestselling novelist in Asia.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 1996.
Edition: 1st US Edition.
ISBN: 9781250035608
Branch Call Number: HIG
Characteristics: 276 p.


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Oct 15, 2018

Devotion of Suspect X and A Midsummer's Equation were both more entertaining. The detective and the accused in this very clever plot both seemed kind of flat, compared to the intriguing Detective "Galileo". Still a well-written puzzle.

Apr 09, 2018

It was a easy read, long chapters, great twist and my official favourite book!

Mar 31, 2017

I found the story rather lack-luster and somewhat boring until about two-thirds through and then became a bit entrigued to finish the book as Dectective Kaga gave his analogy of the crime. Skipping from one character to another in first person was a different spin. This is the second book I have read by the author and "A Midsummer Equation" was more interesting.

Jan 24, 2017

Very twisty and compulsively readable.

ArapahoeBridget Aug 24, 2016

The interesting back and forth format made the mystery itself more engaging, and I stayed up late to finish. I'll definitely be seeking out other stories by this author!

Apr 17, 2015

While bits of the plot strain credibility at times, this is still a really absorbing mystery. Early on you learn who and how, but the "why" is not revealed until the very last pages. Another book to keep you up reading until the wee hours of the morning!

Nov 02, 2014

The writing style is a bit more about telling than showing. The narrative alternates between a journal/account kept by Nonoguchi, who confesses to the murder, and Detective Kaga, but the voices feel similar. The ultimate motive for the murder seems a bit thin. But nevertheless, an entertaining read.

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Apr 09, 2018

lilyjacks thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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