Book Review: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
The Devotion of Suspect X was the first novel from his talented Japanese writer – a book that was a runaway success in Japan, and an even bigger success when it was translated into English. Salvation of a Saint is the follow-up novel and is every bit as good as the first book.
A man is found dead in his home after drinking coffee that was poisoned. He was a most unpleasant character, so no one is sorry to see him dead, but nonetheless it is a crime the police must investigate. As the police look at all the clues, fingers point to his beautiful wife, Ayane. She certainly has motive. He has recently dumped her as she was unable to conceive a child in the year they were married, and instead has moved onto another woman. But at the time of the murder Ayane was hundreds of miles away visiting her parents, with a rock solid alibi. The main Tokyo police detective working the case begins to having feelings for the beautiful widow, and increasingly becomes the only person in the team who believes she is innocent. But is she really innocent, or has she committed the perfect crime?
This is a fabulous whodunnit, made more interesting with its Japanese settings and characters. Ignore the tag line on the cover that claims it is ‘The Japanese Stieg Larsson’, however. Yes it is a crime novel, but this is not a visceral book by any stretch, but a much gentler read.