Malice: A Mystery

"This clever 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 maintains to raise the trendy secret as an severe and creative literary form." ―Library Journal (starred overview)

"Fiendishly smart… Higashino deals one twist after one other… Readers will wonder on the crafty approach the plot builds to the solution." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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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 go away Japan and relocate to Vancouver. His physique is located in his place of work, a locked room, inside of his locked apartment, 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 after they have been either academics, they have been colleagues on the comparable public college. Kaga went directly to subscribe to the police strength whereas Nonoguchi finally left to turn into a full-time author, although with no longer approximately the good fortune of his buddy Hidaka.

As Kaga investigates, he finally uncovers facts that shows that the 2 writers' courting was once very assorted that they claimed, that they have been whatever yet most sensible acquaintances. however the query earlier than Kaga is not unavoidably who, or how, yet why. In a brilliantly learned story of cat and mouse, the detective and the killer conflict over the reality of the prior and the way occasions that resulted in the homicide rather spread out. And if Kaga isn't really in a position to discover and turn out why the homicide was once devoted, then the reality may possibly by no means pop out.

Malice is without doubt one of 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’m unsure what to assert, this can be so unforeseen. that's, except you’re joking? But … you’re now not, are you. ” “No, I’m afraid I’m really critical. up to it pains me to need to say that to a former colleague, i've got an obligation to discover the reality, anyplace it might probably lie. ” “I comprehend your task, and that i be aware of that any average suspicion, whether it comprises an outstanding good friend or shut relative, should be investigated. yet, to be sincere, I’m stunned and greater than a bit bewildered. It’s all so unexpected. ” “I’ve introduced a warrant. ” “A seek warrant? I’m definite you could have. yet earlier than you begin waving it round, possibly you could inform me why it’s come to this? I mean—” “Why i believe you? ” “Yes, i suppose that’s it. Or do you often simply commence rooting via someone’s stuff with no rather a lot as a observe of rationalization? ” “Sometimes, if worthy. ” He appeared down on the desk, then ultimately reached for his cup and took a sip of tea. Then he appeared again at me. “But I’d be at liberty to provide an explanation for it to you. ” “Well, I’m a lot obliged. notwithstanding I can’t promise I’ll see issues a similar approach you do. ” Kaga pulled a workstation out of his jacket pocket. “The most vital element is the time of demise. We take into account that Kunihiko Hidaka used to be killed someplace among 5 and 7 o’clock, yet in accordance with the coroner, this can be very not likely he died after six. Estimating the time of demise by means of reading the kingdom of digestion of meals is a truly trustworthy procedure, and in a case like this, it may often slender the time of loss of life right down to a smaller window of time than hours. but we have now a witness who testifies that Hidaka was once alive after six o’clock. ” “Well, it’s the reality. What do you need me to claim? I become aware of the chance is moderate, yet we’re speaking typical methods the following. would it not fairly be that extraordinary if the medical professional used to be twenty or thirty mins off? ” “Of direction no longer, yet what issues us is that the root of this testimony used to be a cell name. We can’t ensure that it used to be fairly Hidaka at the mobilephone. ” “Oh, no, I’m certain it was once Hidaka. with out query. ” “Yes, yet you can’t turn out that. nobody other than you used to be on that telephone name. ” “I wager you’ll simply need to take my be aware for it. ” “I wish to do that—I might; yet your observe won’t delay in courtroom. ” “Well … I did solution the telephone, certain, yet don’t overlook there has been somebody status correct subsequent to me on the time. You talked to Mr. Oshima from Dojisha approximately this, didn’t you? ” “We did. He proven that you just acquired a decision almost immediately after six. ” “Didn’t he pay attention us speaking? ” “No, he merely heard you. He stated it seemed like you made preparations to fulfill anyone. And that later on, you informed him the individual you have been chatting with was once Kunihiko Hidaka. ” “So how doesn’t that qualify as evidence? Is it that you just imagine another person known as me and that i simply made it sound love it used to be from Hidaka? Is that what you’re getting at? ” Kaga frowned and chewed his decrease lip for a second prior to replying. “The probability can’t be governed out solely. ” “Well, I want it can, since it doesn’t appear like you’re a lot for taking a person at his observe.

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