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"This shrewdpermanent and unique secret is a real page-turner… will baffle, shock, and draw out suspicion till the ultimate few pages. With every one ebook, Higashino keeps to raise the fashionable secret as an severe and artistic literary form." ―Library Journal (starred overview)

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Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is located brutally murdered in his domestic at the evening earlier than he is making plans to depart Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His physique is located in his workplace, a locked room, inside his locked residence, via his spouse and his ally, either one of whom have rock stable alibis. Or so it seems.

At the crime scene, Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga acknowledges Hidaka's ally, Osamu Nonoguchi. Years in the past once they have been either lecturers, they have been colleagues on the related public institution. Kaga went directly to sign up for the police strength whereas Nonoguchi ultimately left to turn into a full-time author, even though with now not approximately the luck of his good friend Hidaka.

As Kaga investigates, he ultimately uncovers facts that exhibits that the 2 writers' dating was once very diverse that they claimed, that they have been whatever yet top pals. however the query ahead of Kaga is not unavoidably who, or how, yet why. In a brilliantly discovered story of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer conflict over the reality of the previous and the way occasions that resulted in the homicide quite spread out. And if Kaga is not in a position to discover and end up why the homicide used to be dedicated, then the reality might by no means pop out.

Malice is among the bestselling―the so much acclaimed―novel in Keigo Higashino's sequence that includes police detective Kyochiro Kaga, probably the most renowned creations of the bestselling novelist in Asia.

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I agreed. *   *   * i made a decision to pay a trip, in addition to of my fellow detectives, to Rie Hidaka. She’d left the home the place her husband was once killed and was once staying at her kinfolk domestic in Mitaka, a suburb within the western a part of Tokyo. This was once the 1st time I’d noticeable her for the reason that Osamu Nonoguchi’s arrest. the manager had referred to as forward to wreck the inside track. He refrained from stating the ghostwriter thought, yet she’d most probably heard whatever from the clicking, who have been most likely calling her round the clock. I imagined she had as many questions for us as we had for her. After arriving and in brief explaining all that had occurred, I instructed her in regards to the manuscripts we’d present in Mr. Nonoguchi’s condominium. She was once shocked. I requested her if she might reflect on any the reason is, he’d be in ownership of manuscripts heavily corresponding to her overdue husband’s paintings. She insisted she had no thought: “I don’t imagine my husband used to be getting his principles from somebody else, not to mention copying a person else’s paintings. Writing, and arising with new rules, was once regularly a fight for him, yet he wasn’t the kind to rent a ghostwriter. ” notwithstanding her voice used to be calm, fireplace was once in her eyes. I had hassle believing that. She’d basically been married to Kunihiko Hidaka for a month. i used to be yes there has been a lot approximately her overdue husband that she didn’t comprehend. She should have picked up on my hesitation simply because she went on, “If you’re puzzling over how lengthy we have been married—not very lengthy, I admit—allow me to show that sooner than i used to be his spouse, i used to be his editor. ” I already knew this. Rie had labored at certainly one of Hidaka’s publishers, which was once how they’d met within the first position. “When i used to be his editor, we spoke at nice size in regards to the novels he may write sooner or later. in any case, i used to be the editor for just one of his books, yet it’s a singular that by no means would’ve existed with out our discussions. I don’t see how Nonoguchi could’ve been concerned in any respect. ” “Which novel used to be this? ” “Sea Ghost. It used to be released final 12 months. ” It wasn’t one I’d learn, so I requested one of many detectives with me if he knew whatever approximately it. In our research, lots of my fellow detectives had develop into specialists on Kunihiko Hidaka’s paintings. His reaction used to be interesting. Sea Ghost was once one of many novels missing a counterpart in Osamu Nonoguchi’s notes and disks. Nor was once Sea Ghost on my own during this. all the novels Mr. Hidaka had released within the first 3 years of his occupation originals. Even after that time, approximately half his books had no opposite numbers in Nonoguchi’s residence. This made experience if we assumed that Mr. Hidaka persisted a few of his personal writing, even whereas utilizing Mr. Nonoguchi as a ghostwriter for different works. If that assumption was once right, then whether there has been a piece that, as Rie Hidaka claimed, “never would’ve existed with out our discussions,” it didn’t disprove my thought. i attempted a brand new perspective to work out if Rie had any notion what may well force Osamu Nonoguchi to kill her husband. She stated, “I’ve been pondering it ever considering he was once arrested, yet I simply don’t recognize. To be sincere, I nonetheless can’t think he did it.

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