Book 14: The Salvation of a Saint (Detective Galileo #5)
Keigo Higashino, 2008. Translated from the Japanese by Alexander O. Smith with Elye J. Alexander, 2012.Genre:
Crime Thriller. Police Procedural. Japan. Other Details
: Paperback. 377 pagesWhen a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away? As Tokyo police detective Kusanagi tries to unpick a seemingly unrelated sequence of events he finds himself falling for Ayane. When his judgement becomes dangerously clouded his assistant must call on an old friend for help; it will take a genius to unravel the most spectacular web of deceit they have ever faced...
- synopsis from UK publisher's website.
As with The Devotion of Suspect X
, Keigo Higashino's only other novel to date translated into English, this is not a whodunit but more of a "how did they do it?" The identity of the murderer is revealed to the reader in the first chapter and from then on it is a matter of whether the police, assisted by physicist Manabu Yukawa (Detective Galileo), will be able to solve the crime.
Once I began this novel I could not put it down and read it in a single sitting today. Just amazing and I am keeping an eye out for further translations of this outstanding series. Book 15: Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter #1)
Thomas Harris, 1981.Genre:
Crime Thriller. Police Procedural. Serial Killer.Other Details
: Paperback. 432 pages.
Will Graham, a retired profiler for the F.B.I., is asked by Jack Crawford, Agent-in Charge of the BSU, to assist the Bureau with apprehending a serial killer who has brutally murdered two families, one in Birmingham, Alabama and the other in Atlanta, Georgia. Graham has a talent for getting into the heads of murderers and together with a team of other forensic experts begins to investigate the seemingly random murders. In the course of the investigation Will realises he needs to visit Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic serial killer who Graham apprehended some years previously. Lecter had seriously wounded Graham and this had led to his early retirement. Unknown to the F.B.I. the killer has reached out to Lecter and this along with Will's visit prompts Lecter to take an interest in the case.
This is at least my third reading of 'Red Dragon
' and it is one of those novels that bears up well to rereads as it retains the excitement despite knowing how it turns out. I was already a fan of Thomas Harris when this was published and so read it before I saw Manhunter
My main reason to read it again was my love of the TV series Hannibal
. What struck me right away is how much of what is canon has been woven into the TV adaptation including Will Graham's career (the Minnesota Shrike case), his love of stray dogs and even mentions of antlers(!). Thomas Harris wrote an introduction to this edition and his description of walking out at night and looking back to see his house like a boat at night was put into Will's mouth for an episode. It also always struck me that Will Graham was the template for C.S.I.'s Gil Grissom as not only were they both played by the same actor but Will is a famous 'bug' guy.
So yes, one of my favourites in the crime/forensic genre that has stood up well to the test of time.