Malice by Keigo Higashino


This is the second book I’ve read by Keigo Higashino and both of the books have been creative and original.  His mysteries are set in Japan, and he is the most widely read novelist there.  I previously read and adored his first book, The Devotion of Suspect X which won several awards. I would review it as well, but it’s been a while since I read it.  I would highly recommend it,too, though.

The storyline for this book features 2 authors who are friends. Kunihiko Hidaka is a very successful author who is found dead in his home.  He was planning to move the next day with his new wife from Japan to Vancouver, but when his childrens’ author, best friend, Osamu Nonoguchi, goes to visit him before he leaves, the famous author is found dead.  When Detective Kaga is called in to the scene, he recognizes Nonoguchi because they were once colleagues at a public school.  It appears to be a locked room mystery since the office where Hidaka was found was locked.  Soon Kaga has his suspect but cannot determine a motive.  He digs deeper, and when you think everything is figured out, there is another twist.

For a while it seemed like all the mysteries I was reading were dark and had protagonists drenched in problems like dysfunctional relationships, addictions, anger, etc.  What I liked about this book is that Malice has none of that.  Higashino writes well with great plotting and a good puzzle to try to figure out.  His detective is smart, and I liked the way he kept digging to find out the “why” even though he had a confession.  I also like his setting in Japan.



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