Malice #2020

Malice By Keigo Higashino Jeff Woodman Malice 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 lock
  • Title: Malice
  • Author: Keigo Higashino Jeff Woodman
  • ISBN: 9781427259523
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Malice By Keigo Higashino Jeff Woodman 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 recoAcclaimed 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 novels in Keigo Higashino s series featuring police detective Kyochiro Kaga, one of the most popular creations of the bestselling novelist in Asia.
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    1. Keigo Higashino Jeff Woodman

      Keigo Higashino is one of the most popular and biggest selling fiction authors in Japan as well known as James Patterson, Dean Koontz or Tom Clancy are in the USA.Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co presently DENSO He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, which is awarded annually to the finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel H kago After School at age 27 Subsequently, he quit his job and started a career as a writer in Tokyo.In 1999, he won the Mystery Writers of Japan Inc award for the novel Himitsu The Secret , which was translated into English by Kerim Yasar and published by Vertical under the title of Naoko in 2004 In 2006, he won the 134th Naoki Prize for Y gisha X no Kenshin His novels had been nominated five times before winning with this novel.The Devotion of Suspect X was the second highest selling book in all of Japan fiction or nonfiction the year it was published, with over 800,000 copies sold It won the prestigious Naoki Prize for Best Novel the Japanese equivalent of the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize Made into a motion picture in Japan, The Devotion of Suspect X spent 4 weeks at the top of the box office and was the third highest grossing film of the year.Higashino s novels have movie and TV series adaptations than Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum, and as many as Michael Crichton.

    492 thoughts on “Malice”

    1. An intelligent and page turning mystery that doesn t need to rely on gimmicks to get the readers attention Just a good old fashioned suspenseful mystery that is perfectly paced and with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested.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 [...]


    2. I find myself quite taken with Japanese mysteries Not a word is wasted, not much descriptive language, but they are such puzzles Like the puzzle boxes, where one must solve one part and then finds there is to solve So many times in this story I thought it was figured out only to quickly discover that everything first thought was totally wrong Divided into individual parts between two characters, each part brought a new perspective and further evidence A murder, but not graphic at all, and much [...]


    3. Malice is a standalone Higashino novel, at least in terms of what s available in English in the US market at this time It s a puzzle solving police procedural, that may turn on true love, infidelity, a cover up of a past crime, jealousy of professional success, bribery, middle school bullying From early on, the question isn t, who or how We know both of those answers almost immediately it s why It s not a thriller There s no racing against a clock Unlike in American and British police procedural [...]


    4. Because teachers, no matter how kind, no matter how friendly, are sadistic and evil to the core Heather BrewerKeigo Higashino, the most popular and biggest selling Japanese fiction author, has penned an intriguing thriller, Malice that is the fourth book in the detective Kyoichiro Kaga series This book revolves around the murder of a bestselling author right before he was going to leave Japan with his new wife to Canada and also right before the publication of his another book The infamous detec [...]


    5. Malice is unlike any murder mystery I have ever read before The plot is deceptively straightforward Kunihiko Hidaka, a famous Japanese novelist, is found murdered in his home on the night before he and his wife are planning to relocate from Japan to Vancouver Osamu Nonoguchi, the author s friend, finds the body and is enlisted by the police to assist the investigating detective, Kyoichiro Kaga The narrative is split between Nonoguchi s written accounts of events which grow increasingly untrustwo [...]


    6. This book had everything a good mystery shouldA convoluted, very intelligent killerA famous writer with an antipathetic character for a victimA very intelligent police officer, who finally unravels the gnarled threads of the mystery2 childhood friends, one who hates the otherBullying which led to serious consequencesInfidelity, Extreme jealousy mounting to hatred, prejudicesAnd MALICEI thoroughly enjoyed the various POVs, the narrative consequently taken up by the suspected murderer, the investi [...]


    7. I found Malice to be an okay read, but a bit ho hum for me, perhaps being a fan of very fast paced and often dark crime books this one was a bit too slow for me, indeed very well written and I got the whole concept of the killer being identified early then the book focusing on the WHY rather than the WHO, but it just was not something I got very excited about.Acclaimed bestselling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka is brutally murdered in his home on the night before he s planning to leave Japan and reloc [...]


    8. Keigo Higashino is the author of the incredibly successful The Devotion of Suspect X and, the slightly less so, Salvation of a Saint I have never read anything by this author before, so was curious to try this newly translated work It is less of a whodunit and of a why and a how the crime was carried out and what motivated it.Kunihiko Hidaka is a bestselling author Widowed, he has recently remarried the much younger Rie, and the couple are moving to Canada When his friend, Osamu Nonoguchi, visi [...]


    9. 4.5 StarsFinally got around to a review I really liked this Malice is a twisty, puzzle box type murder mystery I wouldn t call it a high tension thriller, nor is it slow paced either Arguably, it s of a character drama, and an interesting commentary on creative jealousy within the writing community.Prominent author Kunihiko Hidaka is murdered in his home office the day before he is set to leave the country for Canada, and found by his long time friend and fellow writer, Osamu Nonoguchi, who ass [...]


    10. Malice by Japanese author Keigo Higashino represents not only the first book that I ve read by the author but also just happens to be one of my favourite books of the year It s an evocative read that puts the reader at ease from the opening pages until its d nouement where everything is tied up in a neat, unexpected and satisfying package.Wonderfully translated from Japanese by Alexander O Smith and Elye Alexander the book is an effortless read It s as if the author sat down to write and in an h [...]


    11. Keigo Higashino s first book that I read The Devotion of Suspect X was the first instance of buying a book online, purely on impulse And what a decision that was Within 2 days flat, I finished it and was completely awed I started searching books by him, but sadly there were no new translations out Couple of months back I read my second Higashino book The Salvation of a Saint This wasn t quite as good as The Devotion of Suspect X, at least for me But I know for a fact that it wont stop me from r [...]


    12. That last line made me go MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA really loudly inside my head MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I had no idea what to expect from this I totally picked it for the cover look how pretty Blood blossoms in springtime Awwww Turns out, this is a good, old fashioned like crime solving mystery, a la Sherlock Holmes or an Agatha Christie novel.You see the parts, you follow the misleads or you don t, but it all dovetails nicely in the end and you get your resolution.So was I surprised No I d figured it [...]


    13. From Average to Fantastic 5 Stars This book is very difficult to categorize In an age when the unreliable narrator is all the rage,Malicetakes the concept farther than anyone else and keeps you questioning everything you read This is by design From the outset, you are not sure as to what you are supposed to believe and who you are to trust The author lets you draw conclusions multiple times but relishes in exposing your ignorance Even when you figure out who committed the murder, the reader is t [...]


    14. 4.5 Keigo Higashino s approach towards crime thriller is totally different The first book i read by him was Devotion of Suspect X i remember enjoying that book but not as much as i enjoyed Malice I am totally in awe with this one The story, the way it was presented to us readers and the characterisation everything was just incredible At first the story seemed very simple and to the point, Firstly,we witness the crime, Secondly, we get to know who has committed it and Thirdly, the person who comm [...]


    15. This definitely won t be the last book I read by Keigo Higashino He s one of the most well known mystery writers in Japan, and when I saw his work compared with Agatha Christie s, I knew I needed to get in on that Malice drew my eye because it s about a writer who murders another writer ooh, authors behaving badly I love it Also, before you get mad at me, that s not a spoiler, as this is another book where the mystery is why the murder took place, not who did the murdering You might have to adju [...]


    16. I have never been a fan of Mr Higashino but this murder mystery about a famous novelist being killed out of the blue is such a satisfying read The details abut the daily life of novelists are good the plot is cleverly set and the murder mystery also actually does quite well I m pleasantly surprised


    17. Higashino likes his twists, and he pulls one off here Although I guessed it about two thirds of the way through, I still read on eagerly, partly to find out if I was right, but to enjoy the ride And it is enjoyable as a puzzle to solve, as a window on Japan and a taste of the insecurities of authors.Download my starter library for free here eepurl bFkt0X


    18. Best read in one or two sittings simply because everything happens so fast in terms of the way its told and it really is hard to put down once you get into it,highly original and very very clever with twists and turns aplenty this is greatly recommended for the murder mystery lover.


    19. This is an unusual crime novel Not exactly a whodunnit, nor a howdunnit More of a whydunnit I enjoyed it, but mostly because Higashino presents an unusual perspective on a classic murder mystery, the Japanese setting added to the exotic feeling.


    20. I loved The Devotion of Suspect X by the same author, where the emphasis was not so much on the whodunit as much as the howdunit here, it s the whydunit Higashino is a master of misdirection he will wrong foot the reader with a deft turn of phrase However, a trick repeated once too often becomes rather transparent, and IMO it happened here by the last third of the book I could guess where the story was going Still, it is an ingenious mystery and terrifically structured, and a very fast read.


    21. Never knew that I would read Higashino and fell in love with his writing I must say the translation was done well, that I can t stop reading the story just to know whom actually telling the real story I was all over Osamu after reading his confession chapter, thinking that Hidaka deserved to die Never realized that the twist will making me go shockingly surprise I really like Kaga His determination to find the truth even after Osamu s confession is highly superb The doubt and something is not ri [...]


    22. Why would a man go along with a scheme to deprive him of his rightful recognition, the fame and popularity he has longed for Why would a man readily give up what is his, and for nothing in exchange And are things always what they seem, even when you dig deep and find secrets that may never have come to light in the normal course of events Keigo Higashino s Malice begins with an informal meeting between two writers One is the immensely popular best selling novelist Kunihiko Hidaka The other is Hi [...]


    23. If you think crime novels are generally formulaic whodunits, then let me introduce you to Japanese writer Keigo Higashino.Higashino does not follow the normal conventions of the genre In his cult sensation novel, The Devotion of Suspect X one of the best crime novels I ve ever read the reader knows who committed the crime from the outset, but not how it was carried out His follow up novel, Salvation of a Saint, presented a similar conundrum.But in Higashino s latest crime novel, Malice, he takes [...]


    24. S ch c a Keigo lu n l th lo i khi n t i ph i c li n t c cho n t n c ng m kh ng mu n r i M t s c cu n h t t t b c trong c ch ng d n d t c u chuy n, c ch ng th r i nh ng chi ti t, nh n nh t ng c u ch v a ng i c i h t c u h i n y t i c u h i kh c C u h i l th thu h t t i v khi n t i g n nh nghi n truy n c a Keigo ng kh ng ng ng khi n ng i ta th c m c, v ng s p t m i th trong tr ch i ti u thuy t c a m nh m t c ch kh o l o cho ng i c kh ng ng ng ph i ph n v n v c u tr l i c a ch nh m nh y l m t cu n [...]


    25. Keigo Higashino has maintained his reputation of continuously redefining the mystery genre If Salvation of Saint was the how of a murder, this book is the why of it When a famous author Kunihiko Hidaka is murdered at his home, Detective Kaga starts investigating the primary players We start with his best friend, Osama Nonoguchi who helpfully offers a writeup of the events of the day And we go way back into the past to figure out the why of the murder.The story starts peeling like onion where the [...]


    26. Well, I ve come very late to this author who it seems is like the James Patterson crossed with Michael Crichton of Japan And my first reaction, to this particular novel anyway Different and extremely reflective of his culture.I dithered between 3 and 4 star for over a day 3 star for my enjoyment, 4 star for the composite It s stark and linear And then it absolutely is not linear Then it is one of those dolls within a doll within a doll.There was an entire middle 70 or 80 pages that I felt became [...]


    27. In this mentally exhausting Japanese murder mystery which gives away the killer in its innocent blurb, a flavorless investigator negotiates a byzantine labyrinth of logic forensic evidence to pin down the EXACT motive behind the murder which definitely isn t gonna matter in the long run because the villain confesses anyway The concept of whydunnit is ultimately exhausted, exploited and ruthlessly squeezed out by the writer until not a drop of the juice remains the decimated remains of the concep [...]


    28. Keigo Higashino is a brilliantly clever writer I loved his first two books THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X and SALVATION OF A SAINT , and MALICE is just as unbelievably terrific Higashino is a genius at setting up a crime and characters with twists and turns that engage the reader until the very last page His mysteries are sort of like psychological old time detective novels He doesn t simply ask Who did it but deeply delves into Why The whys are what make his stories so unpredictably fabulous.In MALI [...]


    29. Another gem from Keigo Higashino very convoluted and full of twists the story is told from alternative point of views which was very good and had a lot of clues hidden in I found the eventual motive slightly unconvincing Overall a thoroughly enjoyable read



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