Author(s): Keigo Higashino
A LibraryReads SelectionAcclaimed novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is brutally murdered the night before he's to relocate from Japan to Vancouver. His body is found in his locked office, within his locked house, by his wife and his best friend who both have rock-solid alibis. Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga recognizes the best friend. They were once teachers at the same public school. Then Osamu Nonoguchi became a full-time writer -- but not with the success of his friend Hidaka.
As fiendishly clever as The Devotion of Suspect X...Higashino offers one twist after another, all of which touch on the theme suggested by the book's title. Readers will marvel at the artful way the plot builds to the solution of Hidaka's murder. Publishers Weekly on Malice Keigo Higashino again proves his mastery of the diabolical puzzle mystery with Malice, a story with more turns, twists, switchbacks and sudden stops than a Tokyo highway during Golden Week. New York Times An exceptional study of the psychology of murder as well as a skilfully plotted narrative. Independent on Malice Keigo Higashino combines Dostoyevskian psychological realism with classic detective-story puzzles reminiscent of Agatha Christie and E.C. Bentley. Wall Street Journal on Malice Smart and original...a true page turner...Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form. Library Journal **Starred Review** on Malice Intricate... At the outset, [Higashino's] approach seems unsettling, but the Edgar nominee knows his business; Malice soon becomes awfully hard to put down. Booklist The creator of Detective Galileo returns with another fiendishly clever Chinese - make that Japanese - box of a whydunit...Each time you're convinced Higashino's wrung every possible twist out of his golden-age setup, he comes up with a new one. If you still miss the days of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, you can't do better than this fleet, inventive retro puzzler. Kirkus Reviews on Malice A detective story about writers is often particularly satisfying, and this one is no exception...The plot is satisfyingly twisty and gathers pace as the revelations come thicker, faster, and more and more unexpected. Sydney Morning Herald on Malice A psychological thriller of the highest order...Each time Higashino makes a revelation, he quickly pulls the carpet from under one's feet, fueling the reader to finish the book as quickly as possible. Singapore Straits Times on Malice
Keigo Higashino was born in Osaka. He started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize for writing at age 27, and subsequently quit his job to start a career as a writer in Tokyo.